A woman diagnosed with cancer three weeks before her 30th birthday is hoping to raise £10,000 for treatment overseas thanks to a charity ball organised by her friends.
Natalie Thomson Humphris, of Bunkers Lane, Linslade, is suffering from stage four of bowel cancer and has undergone chemotherapy for the past ten months.
Back in April 2012 doctors struggled to put aside the assumption that Natalie was too young to be suffering from cancer, meaning she waited eight months to be diagnosed.
Finally after countless blood tests her family history of ovarian cancer from her grandmother and her mum’s breast cancer was taken into account.
Natalie said: “It was all a bit surreal if I’m honest, it took months to completely sink into reality.
“I know how common cancer is, but I never thought it would happen to me at this age.
“Maybe if they had picked up on it sooner it wouldn’t have got to this stage, which makes me angry. They didn’t eliminate the worst first because of my age.
“I think to an extent you don’t believe it is happening to you. Of course I was absolutely devastated when I was first told, but you completely turn from that because I felt fine; I thought I could just get on with it.
“Yes, you have down times but I have tried to remain in a positive state.”
But each day her body is pumped with further chemicals, Natalie feels she is already deteriorating as the tips of her fingers are completely numb.
Although hopeful that she will be operable in the future, she is looking ahead to receiving treatment in Germany that has a 60 to 70 per cent success rate for people with her condition.
And to help pay for the non-surgical hyperthermia treatment, Natalie’s best friends Katie McInerney, Gail Taylor, Annette Perrett and Vicki Bax have organised a charity picnic ball with special celebrity guest Michelle Heaton who will speak about her recent double mastectomy.
The event, held at Wing Jumping and Dressage Centre in Cublington Road, at 7pm on September 14, is expected to see 350 people attend.
“It is very overwhelming to think they have done this for me and made such a huge effort. I will probably be crying for the whole night.
“I have that to focus on now, which is nice and then hopefully my trip to Germany.
“I just have to take each day as it comes because it has to be like that for me now.
“It’s hard because obviously I’m 30 and want to start thinking about settling down, having children and doing normal things like getting a mortgage, but I can’t think about life like that any more.
“I have to live for now, not for the future.”
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