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My daughter's determination

Grandparents and children sharing tips and stories

From Sheila Carlisle

After being misdiagnosed with Endometriosis by our local hospital, my 26 year old daughter went to get a second opinion from another nearby hospital. After spotting something on a CT scan operated immediately and told us that they had found something which needed further testing.

About three weeks later, she was sent for and told that she had Peritoneal Mesothelioma and that she would have to undergo six treatments of chemotherapy.

Six months down the line, we have been told that the tumour has significantly reduced and that it may now be possible for her to have an operation in order to remove the remainder of the tumour, but if not, then at least she can still have further treatment in order to try and get rid of the remainder.

My point is that if my daughter wouldn't have had the courage to challenge her first diagnosis she would have undergone a treatment that would have done nothing for her except give her facial hair and send her bald (which were the side effects that she had been told to expect). Furthermore, she would still have had the cancer. Thanks to her determination and cancer specialists my daughter is doing extremely well and will hopefully make a speedy and miraculous recovery.

On a more personal note we have always kept our faith and prayed day and night as well as only allowing positive thoughts to enter our heads. My daughter has not allowed this illness to stop her from leading as normal a life as possible and has just recently been to a Take That concert and attended Ladies Day at Ascot for the first time ever and this has done her the world of good.

Myself and my family would very much like to give something back to Cancer Research UK for helping to save my daughter's life and we have just taken part in The Race For Life and loved every minute of it and look forward to getting involved in more events in the future.

A big thank you to everyone.

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Updated: 28 September 2009