I have a feeling 2017 is going to be my year! Although it has been a rough start with most of January spent in hospital and a very busy time for Aurelia’s 2nd Birthday, we are still going and there is light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to you amazing people!
Since the fund, I have moved to a consultant Professor Stebbings who is based at LOC on Harley Street and he is definitely someone who looks outside the box with regards to treatment. He has engineered a cocktail of Chemotherapy with a special targeted therapy drug called Avastin, which has had savage effects on my body, but in about 3 weeks time we should know if it is working, and it should all be worth it!
Avastin works differently than chemotherapy. Avastin is a tumor-starving (anti-angiogenic) therapy. The purpose of Avastin is to prevent the growth of new blood vessels. This includes normal blood vessels and blood vessels that feed tumors. It also enables the Chemotherapy to have a more significant effect, hence the cost of around £30,000 per year! I have been on this drug for almost 5 months now and soon we should have some results.
Should the results not be the desired ones, we will then move on to the Immunotherapy, however, this comes with its own risks of causing my immune system to start attacking my body and could be fatal, hence the delay and caution. We thankfully are buying (literally) me time to be able to have options and the longer I can keep going the more advances are made in medical research and the more chance of me finding the magic cure!
I just wanted to give everyone a little update as to how the fund is being used and what the next plan of action is and then hopefully, in a couple of weeks I will be able to update you with some results. Thank you all again for your support and keep smiling, life is too short not to!