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In July 2012, at the age of 38, I was given the devastating news that I had advanced ovarian cancer. This is my blog and the story of my fight to regain my health. I hope to share with you things that I've found helpful along my journey and keep you posted on my progress.

My Story

Hello!  My name is Beata and I am raising funds to help my battle with ovarian cancer.
Me with no hair after chemo!

I was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer when I was only 38, much younger than the average age of 63 for this type of cancer.  I was one year into a great new relationship with my partner John (now my husband) when our happiness was cruelly snatched away from us by the devastating news of my cancer.
Unfortunately there are very few treatments available for women with advanced ovarian cancer and I was told that the treatments on offer through the NHS could only extend my life by a few years at most.  I have already had major surgery and twelve months of gruelling chemotherapy but my cancer is still growing and has now become resistant to some of the drugs.

The NHS has little left to offer me now and my prognosis is very bleak.

However, there are treatments available in specialist cancer clinics abroad that offer more hope, but these are not covered by the NHS, so I am trying to raise the money I need to pay for them.  Innovative new treatments like sono-photo dynamic therapy and immunotherapies are being developed and tested in clinics in Mexico, China and Germany, all of which target cancer cells without the punishing physical and mental side-effects of chemotherapy.
Happier times on our wedding day
I know that everyone has their own battles to face in life, but if you feel you can help me by making a donation to my fundraising appeal I would be very grateful.  The cancer charity “Yes To Life” is supporting my fundraising appeal and any money added to your donation through Gift Aid will be used by them to help other people with cancer.

Please help me if you can - I really want to live a long and happy life.  I want to prove the doctors wrong and beat the odds.  I know I can do this, but only with your help.

You can make a donation to my fundraising appeal here: Make a Donation

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