Cofton Hackett mum Katy Dawson tells Free Radio about her fight to survive triple negative breast cancer
36 year old solicitor Katy was looking forward to the birth of her second child when she was diagnosed with this very rare form of the disease.
Within weeks she had to have a full mastectomy at Worcestershire Royal Hospital – and once she’d recovered from the surgery her labour was induced so she could start chemotherapy as soon as possible.
Katy says the treatment left her too ill to care for her baby son Evan:
“I’d been warned the chemo would make me feel sick and it did.
“I struggled to change nappies and give him a bath. Every few minutes I was hit with a fresh wave of nausea.”
Triple negative breast cancer is so aggressive that even with chemo and radiotherapy there’s high risk it could return – and if it did Katy was told there would be little more that doctors could do.
So she started to research alternatives to chemotherapy and found a clinic in Germany which offers pioneering immunotherapy.
It uses the immune system to fight the cancer cells and results on women with the same type of cancer were very promising.
But each round of treatment costs £50,000
“I’m terrified… I have tears every day. Just the worry about the future and perhaps not being her to look after my children and see them grow up.”
Despite being a very private family Katy & her husband Paul decided to go public with their story and set up a GoFundMe page to raise money.
This, along with savings and a loan, paid for the initial treatments – which have shown good results.
But Katy still needs more treatment this year and likely next year too – so her fund raising continues.
This week she’s shared her story with Free Radio and with Take A Break magazine
“I need your help…. I’m just an ordinary mum with an ordinary dream.
“I want to live to see my children grow up. I want to see them go to school and get married and have kids of their own.”
“If you’re a mum you’ll know what I mean.”