A mother-of-two who fought with breast cancer and overcame just two years ago is now on the last stage of her life because the disease has come back in her spine, liver, and lungs.
Vicki Marshall, 33, is now having her last chemotherapy after doctors told her she couldn’t survive more than some months.
She felt something wrong when she had a cough which wouldn’t go away despite taking antibiotics which doctors prescribed her.
She had difficulties in breathing and hospital scans revealed there was cancer in her lungs.
On November 8, her reports showed it had spread in other parts of her body and it’s difficult to treat.
Secondary breast cancer, when tumors come back in other parts of the body after months or even years after treatment. It affects around a third of breast cancer patients within a decade and it’s very dangerous.
‘I had no pain, nothing, and was running around after kids and the family fine,’ said the mother of eight-year-old Alfie and Ernie, five.
‘Within a week I was told I had secondary cancer that, at best, we can manage.’
Mrs. Marshall, who lives in Skirlaugh, Yorkshire, and she has an antique shop, is now in the midst of nine weeks of intense chemotherapy.
‘I could have years if it works, or months if not,’ she said.
Husband Lee used the time between her treatment phases this month and took the family to Disneyland Paris.
‘We got home from the hospital, told the boys and went to Hull station at 7 am,’ she said.
Mrs. Marshall was not feeling well so they had to cut the trip short and her husband readmitted her in hospital in England.
Mrs. Marshall warned others not to ignore symptoms because they could be signs of a serious illness.
‘Please be persistent if you think you are ill,’ Mrs. Marshall said.
‘I never expected this by any stretch but if only one person takes this as a reason to get checked out, please do.
‘My story is sad because I was perfectly fine a few months ago but you must get checked out and be persistent.
‘With friends and family like ours, with the last bit of money we have left we will be doing weekends away and more local stuff.
‘My husband is a police officer and they have been fantastic with support. It’s a difficult time for us because it’s all-new, all so fast and we’re only two weeks in. My hair is still in and the next few weeks will be interesting.
‘It’s a difficult time for us because it’s all-new, all so fast and we’re only two weeks in. My hair is still in and the next few weeks will be interesting.
‘My kids are all getting ready for school plays, I’m stuck in [hospital], but whatever challenges come, my friends, family, and local strangers are being as generous as they can be.’
She also suggests everyone get life insurance ‘regardless of how young you are’.
She added: ‘I never had a family history of this and as such, I never bothered with critical illness insurance at 30.
‘My advice would be to get life insurance regardless of how young you are.
‘I couldn’t get it just before I got cancer the first time and I can’t get life insurance since due to being within five years of cancer.’
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