Stacy Price, 38, of Reading, Berkshire, had her world turned upside down when she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cervical cancer six months ago
The family of a mother who has months to live have begged strangers to take her to a clinic in Mexico in a “last chance” to save her.
Stacy Watkins, 38, was told she had “months” to live when she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cervical cancer last October that had already spread to her liver and pelvis.
The devastation was made even more horrific when partner Dan, 41, discovered a tumor on his spine, terrifying their two children.
Now that the mother-of-two has been left crippled by chemotherapy and unable to walk, the Reading, Berkshire family have filed a complaint Urgent call to GoFundMe to help them raise £90,000 to fly to Mexico in a last chance to save them.
Dan told The Mirror: “This could be her last chance. When she was diagnosed six months ago they told us she had ‘months to live and more months on treatment’ so we have a time limit here.
“In that time she’s taken a real nose leap, the chemo is so taxing on her body that she can’t walk, she can sleep 20 hours and still feels tired, and she’s in so much pain that it’s just holding a glass of water to your lips can hurt.
“It’s heartbreaking to see her go through all of this because she’s the rock of the family, she’s the one who has made us strong through everything we’ve already been through.”
The family has endured life-threatening illnesses for years after their two children, Hayden, 18, and Tia, 15, were born with debilitating heart defects.
Tia needed a transplant and Hayden needed a pacemaker after they were diagnosed with congenital complete heart block – a disorder in the nervous system that regulates the heart’s pumping.
More recently, the couple also helped their own parents battle cancer, but coped thanks to “Supermum” Stacy, who was the “rock” of the family.
But after a routine blood test in October was suspicious, doctors ran more tests and diagnosed the mother with a neuroendocrine tumor on the cervix.
The type of tumor is particularly rare and dangerous because it affects the cells that secrete vital hormones in the body.
In the weeks that followed, the family was dealt a double whammy when Dan’s back pain was revealed to be a complicated tumor on his spine, for which he is still awaiting the results of a biopsy to determine if it’s benign or cancerous.
Speaking to The Mirror after launching her appeal last month, Dan said: “It’s literally been a whirlwind of a lifetime, it’s coming at us from every single angle.
“One of those things that happen in life is bad enough, but all the things that happen at the same time is like living in your own horror movie.”
Now the family has found a promising alternative treatment plan at Hope 4 Cancer Clinic in Mexico, where doctors have had success with Stacy’s cancer, according to Dan.
The £90,000 target would pay for their flights, accommodation, immunotherapy, nutritional supplements and return visits for tests.
He added: “It would mean everything to give Stacey this chance to live longer.
“All the kids want is their mother back and it’s so frustrating I can’t give them any reassurance.
“As a family we never asked for anything, we only got one of these, but now we’re asking everyone and everyone to help us do whatever it takes to save Stacy.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/mum-two-just-months-live-26582274 Mother of two with "months" to live desperately wants to go to Mexico's "last chance" clinic