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A single mother-of-two with just weeks to live has been left devastated after she raised £50k for last chance treatment abroad – but has now been told she isn’t safe to fly.
The 28-year-old from Malvern, Worcs, was first diagnosed with stage three, metastatic triple negative breast cancer in November 2019.
Heartbreakingly, when she discovered a pea sized lump on her breast 10 months earlier in January, she was misdiagnosed with tonsillitis, which she suffered from persistently.
Lauren thought her tiredness was due to having young children and the stress of a recent divorce.
Lauren also began to break out with vitiligo – an autoimmune disease that causes patchy skin colour and the real reason behind the lump was missed.
But sadly in November 2019 the cancerous lump had grown to 4cm, was Grade 3 and she was told she had just 12 months to live.
Last month, Lauren received the crushing news that the incurable cancer had spread rapidly to her bones and to prepare her children that she has only two months left to live.
Single mother Lauren Olive, 28, with her children Penny, seven, and Arthur, four
Lauren Olive, 28, has stage 3 cancer and just 12 months to live and had been seeking treatment
Lauren Olive with her children Arthur, four, and Penny, seven is in a race against time
The cancer is also on Lauren’s liver, pelvis and on her spinal cord.
Refusing to give up, family and friends fundraised relentlessly to raise £50k for life- saving alternative therapy abroad.
But this week after hitting their target, Lauren received another blow as her GP has now said it isn’t recommended that she flies.
Lauren is now searching for alternative treatments closer to home in a last ditch attempt to survive and see her two children, Penny, seven, and Arthur, four, grow up.
She said: ‘I will do anything to get into another trial, I have to be here for my children.
‘I’ve now been told I can’t fly due to risk of blood clots.
‘I am absolutely devastated after the incredible support I have received and the donations from strangers, to have the money and know there is treatment out there for me but I can’t access it, I just can’t take it in.’
Lauren had hoped to visit an oncology clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, which offers alternative therapies not available on the NHS.
Lauren had raised £50k for life- saving pioneering alternative therapy abroad in Mexico
She had done a number of fundraising activities to try and get the money together
Lauren had exhausted all treatment options available on the NHS so sought help abroad
She begged: ‘My only option now is to find anyone who knows of any other treatment I can try.
‘I am begging anyone who reads this if they know of anything, anywhere, please contact me.
‘I am running out of time and I do not want someone to have to tell my children mummy is no longer here.’
She added: ‘I have told them that I have cancer but I have told them I am trying my hardest to get better – and I am. I will do anything to be here for them.
‘I am trying to protect them but sadly they know more than I would have liked, but I constantly tell them how much I love them and I am spending every moment I can making happy memories with them.
‘It is so scary to think my time with them could soon end, I don’t want their happiness to end.’
Lauren has already undergone a double mastectomy and reconstruction and added: ‘There had been a reduction on my liver of 77 per cent and on my spine and sternum and breasts but a rapid spread on the bones.
‘I am angry, had it of been caught in January it could have been dealt with when it was much smaller, before it spread.
One person donated £17,000 anonymously to the fund to try and help Lauren be treated
Her GP has now said it isn’t recommended that she flies over a possible blood clot risk
‘But I just want to thank my family of Malvern-Wells, I’ve been overwhelmed with the support of the local community and my friends.
‘One person donated £17,000 anonymously, I wish I could thank them personally, I want them to know how much it means to me.
‘I am so grateful for all the fundraising people have done for me.
‘I want to thank my mum and sisters for being there for me and thank Glen and Ash, Ash and Beth, Martin and Sharon and the boys. I am so grateful for their fundraising efforts.
‘And to my military girls thank you for looking after me in Sandbanks – and Gemma Blackhall.
‘I am trying to stay upbeat, I have to. I am spending as much time as possible with my children but I can feel my body giving up.
‘I feel like I’m dying now and I have to survive for them.
‘I am desperate. Please help save my life.’
To donate to Lauren’s fundraising, visit: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/laurensfundraising
Source: Daily Mail