Three months after we moved into our new home. Sophie was diagnosed with Stage 4, Grade 3 Colon Cancer. It had metastisised to her liver and lymph nodes. The Oncologist gave her prognosis and a survival of 2-3 years with intensive Chemotherapy. Without it, only a matter of months. It felt like the floor had dropped out from under me.
Sophie is only 36 years old and has been a vegetarian for 15 years. The statistics for her to get this should be near impossible. To add fuel to the fire, her genetics testing has confirmed she has a rare gene mutation called BRAF v600e caused by damaged DNA which allowed the cancer to rapidly spread so quickly.
I am a positive thinking person and have always been. I want to believe she will fight this off although the doctor has said it is incurable and, in effect, will define the rest of her life.
All my family and many friends know that I am not one to ask for help unless I really need it. I think this is the one time I truly do. The moral support has been overwhelming. Workmates who have never had the occasional chat have reached out to offer anything, if only a short conversation to see how me and my family are. These little acts keep me going day to day.
I am the sole provider for our family and when I take a day off or a holiday, I don't get paid. I'm unable to claim any state benefits as well, as I am not a citizen of the UK and therefore, not entitled to. I don't know what will happen in the near future with Sophie's treatment or if she'll respond to the Chemo, but I want to be able to be there for her and to be able to support my children through this hard time.
I know it's a big ask, but I would like to make the most of the time I have with her and for the kids to make the lasting memories. I am in need of financial support to take time off work if I need to. Maybe a month or two when the times get tough. The funds raised will go to supporting my household and children. There is also the possibility that Sophie would respond well to Immunotherapies. These are unfortunately not yet licensed in the UK. They are in the US but are prohibitively expensive. Somewhere in the neighbourhood of £150,000. Praying that all goes well and she fights it off, the remainder will go to Cancer Research so this could possibly be one day, beaten.