Rachel is a 33 year old woman, ICU nurse, mum of 2 amazing children, wife, sister, daughter, niece, granddaughter, cousin, friend and all round amazing person, (but I am biased being her older sister).
Rachel is fighting Cholangio Carcinoma using every method available to her, unfortunately very few of these methods are available through the NHS or even in the UK.
After the birth of her second child Rachel repeatedly went to her GP with back pain; for 7 months she was told it was muscular and to take paracetamol. After 3 trips to A&E with pain a locum GP advised scans. The scans showed a tumour in the pancreas and bile ducts, a biopsy confirmed it was cancerous and inoperable, only palliative treatment could be offered in the UK. It felt like our world was collapsing – I can’t begin to describe the horror and Rachel’s first thoughts were of her two babies.
Rachel could have taken the word of the oncologist as being absolute; she could have listened to specialist nurses who advised accepting that there was nothing more to do. She didn’t, and with the help of family (in particular her middle sister Jayne) researched every possible treatment and alternative. The results of the research found effective treatments available in other countries.
Rachel is currently receiving a new type of treatment in Germany which has been funded by our parents. Even at this early stage blood results show the tumour is shrinking and moving away from neighbouring vital organs.
Thankfully our parents are in a position to be able to fund treatment, but what would happen if they weren’t? What happens to people who don’t have this type of support? These are questions that Rachel worried about and these worries inspired founding Love Hope Trust.
Love Hope Trust was created to support people with cancer that require treatments not available through the NHS and that can’t afford to pay themselves.
Everyone deserves the best possible chance of life; Love Hope Trust.