This story is about my friend Kirsty. She has metastatic Pheochromocytoma, a type of Neuroendocrine Tumour (NET) of the adrenal glands – (read more here)
She has an amazing blog which is not just for Pheochromocytomas or just for Neuroendocrine Cancer patients and supporters. The challenges she has faced, and still facing, are very similar to many cancer patients. Kirsty is actually one of the moderators in my private group, she found me and put herself forward to help out in my 24/7 group. Her location in New Zealand was perfect, filling in the North America/Europe normal ‘sleepy’ time around 3am – 7am UK time.
Abstract of her story
In 2012, Kirsty moved to the other side of the world because of her as yet undiagnosed illness and she also got married to James and had a baby (Hugo). You can read about her diagnosis and treatment in her blog.
But that is only part of the story, after baby Hugo was born, Kirsty had to face a massive moral dilemma during her ongoing treatment, taking a decision to terminate a second pregnancy due to the massive risks of the therapy she was to further endure. That’s tough.
Cancer and pregnancy is a frequently discussed topic in cancer patient forums, and I’ve seen it quite a few times in my own private group. With NETs, the issues can be further complicated by the associated hereditary syndromes and connections.
However, what makes her story so special is her current pregnancy with another baby due in February 2020, thus the lead picture. I offer you this post, not only to those who are worried about being able to have a child due to NETs, but also as a means of inspiring anyone with a long term cancer to try to lead as normal life as possible.
Finally, I’m sure you will all join me in wishing James and Kirsty the very best wishes for a successful birth of their second child in the 7 or 8 weeks. Thanks Kirsty!
And the text which accompanies her ‘bump’ picture:
Thanks for reading