A Co Antrim household has began an appeal to assist elevate funds for cancer therapy for their beloved sister.
51-year-old Sharon Ellis was identified with Stage 2B ovarian cancer in 2017 and was given the all clear after surgical procedure to take away the tumour and a full hysterectomy.
After this, Sharon had seen some lumps on her scar line together with pains which she obtained checked out.
Her household say on one event, she was informed it was a suspected small hernia, and on one other, she was informed her pains ‘had been in all probability IBS’.
The loving aunt was then informed in February 2021 that she had Stage 4 cancer, a uncommon kind of ovarian cancer known as Granulosa Cell Tumours.
Sharon has now been supplied palliative chemotherapy right here in NI, however her household say they really feel their final choice is to assist Sharon get to Royal Marsden in London for therapy ‘which isn’t out there on the NHS’.
Her GoFundMe web page arrange by her three sisters Amanda, Nicola and Karen provides: “Sharon, sadly, did not obtain her yearly assessment in 2020 due to the Covid state of affairs. The pains that Sharon was experiencing was precisely what she suffered in 2017 solely this time they had been intensifying.
“It was heart-breaking to look at her in a lot ache. Every time she went to the medical doctors she was given medicine for IBS but it surely was of no use. Eventually in Dec 2020 her GP determined to refer her again to the hospital which needed to be accomplished as a brand new affected person to get her an appointment.
“February 2021 Sharon ultimately obtained her appointment and a CT scan. When she went for her outcomes she was by no means ready for the information she was about to obtain. Sharon was given the devastating information that her cancer, now Stage 4 had returned. The lumps that she had identified in 2018 [were] truly tumours on her stomach wall.
“She has two massive tumours in her pelvis which was what the physician had beforehand seen on the scan…
“She has additionally small tumours on her liver. Her proper kidney is enlarged and isn’t functioning appropriately due to the 2 massive tumours in her pelvis space as they’re placing the kidney underneath numerous stress.
“Sharon was referred to Belfast for therapy. Her oncologist mentioned with Sharon and myself [Nicola] her therapy plan, the one choice they will provide her is palliative chemotherapy which consists of six rounds of chemo each 3/4 weeks. After her third spherical she is going to then have a CT scan to see if any shrinkage, if not it is going to be stopped and no different therapy is accessible. Surgery has been dominated out this time as she has an excessive amount of illness in her physique.”
Her sister Nicola Parker informed Be : “London have mentioned they will add in one other chemo drug and provides it weekly after which go for the surgical procedure, and something that may’t be eliminated, then radiotherapy.”
The household have informed how a lot it might imply to them if the neighborhood might lend a serving to hand.
“Anybody that has donated now’s completely incredible. We recognize each penny that folks can provide, as a result of we all know it’s laborious occasions on the minute with Covid and folks out of labor.
“It can be completely incredible to see Sharon getting the therapy that she deserves, to dwell her life.
“It’s heart-breaking for us to take a seat and watch her from the person who she has gone from to what she is now too.
“She has misplaced that a lot weight. Sharon was all the time very lively, a preserve match fanatic, she all the time went to the fitness center, her wholesome consuming and her walks and stuff. She was very into the wholesome lifestyle.
“She cannot exit due to the ache that she is in with it… The pains that’s inflicting… it is heart-breaking for us as her sisters and her household to look at her,” Nicola added.
The loving household say they need Sharon to have the ability to go to London, as that is their “final resort”.
“You’ve obtained to strive, you have to strive completely different choices,” they added.
To go to Sharon’s GoFundMe web page, CLICK HERE.