My PMP journey and why I’m doing my bit to raise awareness

I was diagnosed with PMP aged 32, after many months of stomach pains, bloating, constipation and irregular periods. After numerous trips to my GP, which led to an ultrasound and eventually a CT scan, I was told I had a nine centimetre tumour on my appendix which had burst and leaked cancerous mucin into my abdominal cavity.

Becky’s Story

I wasn’t diagnosed until I had emergency surgery on August 8, 2013. I became ill on the August 6th, luckily my gynaecologist was on call and sent me to a gynae-cancer specialist who has actually seen appendiceal cancer three times before that, so he knew what to look for and do. I had a six-hour operation and four rounds of chemotherapy.
It is not in my nature to reveal all of the everyday trials and tribulations to every person I meet. I do believe that this has been the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, and to try and remain calm, cool and collected in the face of such an obstacle, has been exhausting, to say the least.

A very special way to raise awareness

I’ve always loved that Billy Joel tune, ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’¹. As a music producer myself, for a long time I’d been thinking how cool it would be to record my own, adapted version of the song.

At the same time, in the two years since my MOAS² I’d been thinking about ways to raise awareness of PMP. I’d done a bit of fundraising myself here and there, but I really wanted to do something bigger. I wanted to do something collaborative to allow other survivors and supporters to get involved in a fun and positive way.

A very special day

I was going through the content from the old website to make sure that I had brought it all across to this one and I stumbled across this post…

For Carol

Last year, I pledged to do 30 Days of Biking. It’s a global challenge to ride your bike every day in April, any distance, any destination. For every 30 people to pledge, they donate a bicycle to a child in need.

I never got to fulfil my pledge.

Jenny’s Story

A Bristol woman has made a full recovery after having nine of her organs removed. Jenny Ramage was told she would have died if she hadn’t undergone what doctors call the ‘mother of all surgeries’.

100 days sober

I decided to help raise money for Pseudomyxoma Survivor when I found out my friend Kirsty was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). I was in shock that she had developed cancer. You never think it will happen to someone you know, especially when they are the same age as you.

One brave step at a time

Davina Knight stays positive in the face of one-in-a-million cancer diagnosis and she shared her story with The Morning Bulletin.

Emily’s Story

A Hampshire woman who contracted a rare form of cancer has undergone surgery which involved the removal of a number of her organs, before she was blasted with chemotherapy. Emily Ervine had a rare form of cancer – the same condition that killed, Hollywood star, Audrey Hepburn.