Hi I’m Julie.
I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer in 2012. I endured gruelling treatments until February 2014 when they discovered it had spread to my major organs and brain.
I was lucky enough to access a targeted chemo drug called Kadcyla, but this was the only NHS drug that I could tolerate. The drug slowed down secondary growths, but in December 2016 I had to have surgery to remove a brain tumour.
My body is now too tired to take Kadcyla and I received the devastating news in June that I had to stop. It was so bittersweet as the same week it was announced that Kadcyla would be made routinely available on the NHS rather than patients needing to apply for funding through the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF). Something that I have campaigned so hard for.
So what now?
There are other, less toxic treatments, but unfortunately not on the NHS. They come at a huge price and it means travelling abroad to access them. This is why I’m aiming to raise over £250,000.
Asking for help must be the hardest thing I’ve had to do, but I can’t do this without your support. I want to be here for as long as possible for my boys.