Mum Sue diagnosed with terminal cancer has cause for hope after pioneering treatment (From Wirral Globe)
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Mum Sue diagnosed with terminal cancer has cause for hope after pioneering treatment
A WIRRAL mum who faced a race against time to raise cash for pioneering cancer treatment says she is “determined” to beat the disease.
Sue Saul, from Pensby, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer in 2007 but last year doctors delivered the tragic news that her condition had become terminal.
But the 40-year-old and her husband, Marcus, threw themselves into researching treatments and discovered a special type of immune therapy in Germany – with a price tag of more than £50,000.
The couple’s family and friends as well as members of the public rallied round and within three months enough cash had been raised to send Sue for the treatment.
And now after four visits to the specialist clinic, the mum-of-two has told how doctors have managed to halt the growth of the cancer and she is positive about the future.
Sue, who is mother to Seren, nine, and Estelle, five, said: “I have been home since the beginning of September and I am planning to go back to Germany before Christmas. This will be the longest I have gone in between treatments so the doctors want to see what happens and if it starts to grow again.
“My last scans showed that there was no progression so now we just have to wait and see what happens next. The idea is that we gradually reduce the number of visits to the clinic and hopefully my body can fight off the disease.”
Following Sue’s prognosis in June 2011, a string of fundraising events were organised to reach their target including bag-packing, family fun days and charity nights.
And Sue said she was “blown away” by people’s response to her cause as more than 3,000 joined a Facebook group in support of her.
She added: “When I was told my condition had become terminal, I refused to accept it and did not want to allow my daughters to grow up without a mum. They were my drive and inspiration to find something to prolong my life with them.
“I knew I couldn’t let it beat me so I was prepared to do whatever it took to survive. We never thought we would be able to raise enough money in such a short space of time and we were blown away by people’s kindness and generosity.
“We don’t know what will happen in the future but I am determined to fight it in any way I can.”