Laura is the best person is the world. She is the strongest person I know, and the bravest! Is one of the best Veterinary Nurses I know. She puts her heart and soul into caring for every single patient she has. She has taken home all the wildlife to rehabilitate, the strays no one wanted, and the kittens that need a mum.
Her own world below of what she is going through and been through:
My disease is incurable. A generic 2 to 5 year life expectancy is given (I didn't ask for me specifically)
I had grade 3 Breast Cancer in 2015.
Mastectomy, reconstruction, chemo, radiotherapy, further reconstruction. Hormone therapy.
March 2019 - Grade 4 diagnosis - spread to vertebrae L4 body and spinous process of L5 +
Mediastinal lymph nodes.
More hormone treatment.
Spread to rib 7, skull, femurs, still in same vertebrae. More radiotherapy, chemo and hormone treatment
My right femur is full of cancer, not just a little - It is also in my left femur but not painful yet. I will be receiving a high dose of radiotherapy to my right femur - this should reduce pain, make me able to walk again, strengthen my bone and hopefully reduce the tumour.
No one knows how long they have. I'm just more aware.
I have to believe I have more than 5 years... And I will fight for many more.
Some people think I am negative with saying this, I'm not! I am being realistic and I'm not necessarily sad about it... Of course I don't want to die, but we all will at some point, so at least I have time to accept it, right?
I am still hopeful there will continue to be new trials new treatments to keep me going.
I post a lot about cancer and my diagnosis... I never wanted this to be what defines me, however for the past 5.5 years it has been a massive part of my life - so it is here, it is part of who I am now, and it hasn't all been bad!
I have grown massively as a person.
It has forced me to work on my mental health (something we all need to do more of) and actually improved it and I hope I can pass that on.... There is always work to be done on this.
My low days may be reallllllly low.
My high days are really high - because when I feel good It is soooo appreciated!
I would say I have a healthy 90:10 ratio good : bad. (maybe don't ask me this on a bad day)
It has improved my ability as a Veterinary nurse from personal experiences and I love my job. My nurses got me through all of this rubbish and if I can help an animal along the way I will do my absolute best.
It has brought so many amazing people in to my life and highlighted the good ones I already had. They are truly amazing and I am so lucky.
I appreciate everything.
I am grateful for what I have.
I am in a lot of pain now, and the next 2 months will be hard (because I am stubborn and want to get up and run!) but this will help and I cannot wait to ba back to normal, back to work (I miss the patients ) back to running, yoga, gym, travelling, long treks with Kobi... Maybe I should get back to walking first...but I will... Just give me 6 weeks
I want to raise money for Laura to start
her bucket list.
Any help will be amazing, let’s get this amazing woman off and seeing the world she loves!!
- Karen Campbell
- dorothy choy
- Helen Skepper
- Laura Coyle