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Suzanne's story

Suzanne's story - why lifesaving cancer research must continue

11th November 2020

I’m Suzanne. I’m living with cancer and I want to make sure that people like me are not forgotten because of the ‘other c’ – coronavirus.

2020. It’s been a strange year. We’ve learned to appreciate the simple things in life and yet the most normal things seem so far out of reach. Like Christmas.

I’m sure you’d give anything to be able to celebrate the festive season with your loved ones. Instead, families like yours and mine are holding off on making plans as we don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

But this isn’t the first time my family has felt so uncertain. In 2014, I was told that I had cancer and just a year to live.

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I’d noticed I was having problems reading and writing. Sometimes, out of nowhere, I wouldn’t be able to speak or react to things happening around me. Then one morning I woke up with an excruciating headache, struggling to breathe.

As I sat in the doctors waiting room, I knew something wasn’t right but hoped so hard I was wrong. The doctor sent me straight for a scan. Unfortunately, I was right.

I had a brain tumour the size of a golf ball and was told I only had a year to live.

Suddenly, just like 2020, all of the normal things we had planned that year seemed so out of reach.

Our children, Max and Lauren, were just seven and four. Lauren was starting school and Owen and I had been looking forward to taking those ‘first day’ photographs. 

Instead, we were having to prepare ourselves and the children for what lay ahead.

My only hope was that someone could find a treatment that could give me more time. And incredibly, they did. Thanks to cancer research, like the projects funded by Worldwide Cancer Research, and the kindness of people like you, I defied the odds and here I am six years on.

But sadly it isn’t all over for me, as part of my tumour could not be removed. 

Like many people with cancer, I live every day knowing it could be my last – that’s why lifesaving cancer research must continue.

I try to stay positive and the more years go by, the more hopeful I am that new treatments and cures will be found. But those breakthroughs can’t happen without funding as much new cancer research as possible – and right now, that lifesaving research is at risk because of the pandemic.

As a charity entirely reliant on donations from kind supporters like you, Worldwide Cancer Research urgently needs your help to make sure people with cancer aren’t forgotten because of the ‘other c’.

Will you give £20.21, or your own special gift, to help get research back on track in 2021 – and save lives?

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