A MUM who was informed she was going to die of cancer has been saved by her ex-husband’s new spouse.
Nicola Hitchen was informed 4 months in the past by docs there was nothing they might do to deal with her stage 4 cervical cancer.
But the courageous mum-of-two refused to surrender and after an enormous fundraising effort organised by Claire Hitchen — her ex’s spouse — she flew to Turkey for pioneering chemotherapy remedy.
Now her aggressive tumour has virtually disappeared and the household try to boost an extra £50,000 to finish her life saving remedy.
The 41-year-old, from Chester, has already had 5 10-day periods on the floor breaking chemotherapy centre in Istanbul costing £80,000.
The fundraising bid is led by Claire, the spouse of Nicola’s ex-husband Andy, who stated: “This is not an option – the boys Joe and Jake need their mum and she deserves the chance to watch them grow into men and have their own families.”
Nicola, who works as a main faculty administrator, stated: “I’m utterly overwhelmed – everybody particularly Claire has been superb.”
She was initially admitted to hospital in March after struggling with stomach pains and was recognized with a pelvic abscess and sepsis.
But later exams additionally revealed one thing extra sinister – a tumour in her cervix.
Doctors have been unable to deal with the cancer till the an infection had cleared, which allowed the illness to leap from a treatable stage two to a supposedly untreatable stage 4 in simply seven weeks.
“I was very scared when they told me,” stated Nicola. “It was such a shock. It proved really difficult to get rid of the abscess and, by the time the infection had gone I was told it was too late to treat the cancer.”
She added: “Getting a diagnosis like that you can respond in one of two ways. Either you accept this is what’s happening and sort your affairs out – or you start looking at other options. The first wasn’t an option for me.”
Nicola and her household started by making an attempt various medicines and dietary supplements earlier than recognizing an oncology centre in Istanbul referred to as ChemoThermia which gives a pioneering mixture of remedies.
By this time the massive tumour in Nicola’s stomach was inflicting her excruciating ache and she or he was closely reliant on painkillers.
“The pain was unbelievable – like chronic labour pains but worse,” she stated. “I was either in agony or like a zombie on the painkillers.”
I’m utterly overwhelmed – everybody particularly Claire has been superb
She booked into the centre in Istanbul on July 23 and commenced her first 10-day intensive remedy programme, which concerned chemotherapy and warmth remedies designed to interrupt down the tumour.
She was additionally positioned on a particular weight-reduction plan and hung out in an oxygen chamber to assist her physique heal and recuperate.
“In 10 days, I went from being on six or seven different painkillers a day to not needing any,” stated Nicola. It was superb.”
She’s now had 5 periods since July and completed the final one on Thursday final week.
The primary tumour in her stomach is virtually gone and others in her liver and backbone have shrunk significantly.
A secondary tumour in her lungs has additionally utterly disappeared.
Nicola stated she wants one other 4 bouts of remedy, which can value round £50,000.
“It’s going really well so far and I’m feeling optimistic about it,” she stated.
“I’ve spoken to other patients at the centre and it’s worked for them so I have every reason to stay positive.”
She stated she has been touched by the help from her mother and father and sons, Joseph, 14, and Jacob, 12, in addition to her ex-husband Andy, who recovered from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, and his spouse Claire.
“It’s brought us all even closer together,” stated Nicola. “The support I’ve been given has been phenomenal, not just from my family but from complete strangers too.”
A JustGiving web page has already raised greater than £7,000 in the direction of the brand new goal and a lot of occasions are being deliberate to assist increase money.
To assist Nicola pay for her remedy, visit this website.
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