Meet our inspirational Muddy Warrior Frankie Foreman. Frankie is taking part in our 5k obstacle run and tells us why this challenge has become so important to her.
‘At the end of last year my Mum went to the doctors as she was feeling a bit tired, she thought it was probably just “getting old” but got checked out anyway. After that first appointment she was sent for more tests and we were told that she had stage 4 bowel cancer. The cancer had spread to her liver and lungs and treatment was limited. This turned our world upside down. We were in disbelief; how could she be so ill with such minor symptoms.
She has had surgery to remove the tumour in her bowel and hopefully starting chemo soon to focus on the liver and lungs but will likely need more surgery. It’s been a whirlwind journey, not always knowing how to feel with ups and downs along the way. I guess you forget about mental health when you hear about cancer treatment. We were in a bit of a low point when we had a call from a local nurse about some support. She didn’t feel great on the morning of the appointment but when I spoke to her after I got back from work in the evening she was in much higher spirits. She had been to visit a hospice and learn about the drop-in services and other support they offered. She was excited to show me the brochure of things they could help with and for the first time in a few weeks seemed hopeful. The importance of hospices cannot be underestimated. I’m an only child and the thought of dealing with all of this between just me and my Dad is totally overwhelming. To have somewhere to support not just the person going through it themselves but also the family members who are caring for them is invaluable.’
To Support Frankie, Visit her Donation Page.