Single mum, 28, given weeks to live raised £50k for treatment abroad but now told not to fly07/19/2021
A SINGLE mum who raised £50,000 for last chance cancer treatment has been told not to fly despite just having weeks to live.
Lauren Olive was diagnosed with stage three, metastatic triple negative breast cancer in November 2019.
The 28-year-old mum-of-two had hoped to travel to Mexico to undergo pioneering therapy after the NHS said they had tried all options available.
Just ten months before her diagnosis, Lauren, from Malvern, Worcestershire, was misdiagnosed with tonsillitis after she went to her GP with a pea-sized lump on her breast.
She thought her constant tiredness was down to her divorce and looking after her two kids – but she soon started to break out with vitiligo.
Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease that causes patchy skin colour and the real reason behind the lump was missed.
By November 2019 the lump had grown to 4cm and Lauren was told she had just 12 months to live.
The cancer has now spread and is on Lauren’s liver, pelvis, and her spinal cord.
Her friends and family rushed to support her, raising £50,000 so she could get the treatment she needs abroad and so she can continue to live to support her two kids, Penny, seven, and Arthur, four.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
BREAST cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of the disease in women in the UK – with over 50,000 cases every year.
Breast cancer is the name given to any cancers that have first developed in the breast tissue – there are many different types.
Nearly 1,000 people die from breast cancer every month in the UK, with the disease killing around 11,500 women and 80 men each year.
However, thanks to advances in medical research and early prevention, more people are surviving breast cancer than ever before.
Here are the key breast cancer symptoms you need to know:
- Change in breast size or shape
- Redness or a rash
- Nipple discharge
- Swelling in the armpit or around the collarbone
- Change in skin texture
- An inverted nipple
- Constant pain
But Lauren has been dealt yet another blow after her GP has now said it’s unadvisable for her to travel abroad.
Lauren is now looking for alternative treatments closer to home.
She said: “I will do anything to get into another trial, I have to be here for my children.
“I’ve now been told I can’t fly due to risk of blood clots.
"I am absolutely devastated after the incredible support I have received and the donations from strangers, to have the money and know there is treatment out there for me but I can’t access it, I just can’t take it in.”
Lauren had hoped to visit an oncology clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, which offers alternative therapies not available on the NHS.
'Running out of time'
She said her only option now is to find anyone who has knowledge of other treatments she can try.
“I am running out of time and I do not want someone to have to tell my children mummy is no longer here.
“I have told them that I have cancer but I have told them I am trying my hardest to get better – and I am. I will do anything to be here for them.
“I am trying to protect them but sadly they know more than I would have liked, but I constantly tell them how much I love them and I am spending every moment I can making happy memories with them.
“It is so scary to think my time with them could soon end, I don’t want their happiness to end”, Lauren said.
Since her diagnosis, Lauren has undergone a double mastectomy and reconstruction.
She explained that there had been a reduction on her liver of 77 per cent and on her spine and sternum and breasts but a rapid spread on the bones.
Lauren continued: “I am angry, had it been caught in January it could have been dealt with when it was much smaller, before it spread.
“But I just want to thank my family of Malvern-Wells, I’ve been overwhelmed with the support of the local community and my friends.
“One person donated £17,000 anonymously, I wish I could thank them personally, I want them to know how much it means to me.
“I am so grateful for all the fundraising people have done for me.
"I want to thank my mum and sisters for being there for me and thank Glen and Ash, Ash and Beth, Martin and Sharon and the boys. I am so grateful for their fundraising efforts.
“And to my military girls thank you for looking after me in Sandbanks – and Gemma Blackhall.”
Lauren said she is trying to be upbeat and is spending as much time as she can with her children, but added that she can “feel her body giving up”.
“I am trying to stay upbeat, I have to. I am spending as much time as possible with my children but I can feel my body giving up.
“I feel like I’m dying now and I have to survive for them. I am desperate. Please help save my life.”
To donate to Lauren’s fundraising click here.
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