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  1. Jennifer, her friends and family raising awareness of pseudomyxoma peritonei

    Jennifer, her friends and family raising awareness of pseudomyxoma peritoneiOn August 31st, Jennifer MacDougall ran the 6K Strathclyde Park road race with family and close friends to raise money for Pseudomyxoma Survivor and increase awareness of Pseudomyxoma Peritonei. In May this year during a planned section of her baby boy, Euan, it was discovered that Jennifer had a mucinous cyst on her appendix. Both the cyst and the mucin were removed at the section. This experience inspired Jennifer to raise awareness of Pseudomyxoma Peritonei. At present the running team have raised over £3500!!

    A huge thank you to Jennifer and her friends and family from us here at Pseudomyxoma Survivor, what an amazing story. 

    If you would like to support Jennifer and her running team, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Jennifer-MacDougall/

  2. Today marks the 3rd year of successfully registering Pseudomyxoma Survivor as an official UK charity.

    Thank you to each and every one of our supporters, for all that you do to ensure that we continue to raise awareness of pseudomyxoma and other variations of peritoneal surface malignancies.

    Happy Anniversary!!!!

  3.  

    Our very own valued trustee and fellow pseudomyxoma survivor Steve "Bumper" Treweeks shares with us his new found poetry skills - fantastic stuff!!

     

    "The Lodger", by Steve 'Bumper' Treweeks.

    "You've got Cancer" I heard the consultant say.

    "You've got Cancer" he said, and my world turned grey.

    "You've got Cancer" he said, surely that can't be right, I eat well, don't drink or smoke ; exercise; sleep at night.

    "You CAN'T have Cancer!" She said, full of tears "You're so fit and healthy, you've been running for years!"

    "YOU'VE got Cancer?" my friends say, aghast. "They're wrong, they're mistaken, it'll certainly pass"

    "But you look so well, you cannot be sick." But looks can deceive, and illness can trick.

    "Cancer of the appendix? Surely there's no such thing!" But radical surgery's required to win.

    To beat back the sickness.

    To give me some time

    For smelling the roses;

    For drinking the wine.

    It's Pseudomyxoma Peritonei The rarest of Cancers - A sentence to die?

    With every scan It may soon return Our nerves are all frayed - emotions are burned.

    Now three strikes I'm down and still I fight on, With surgery & chemo - It still has not won.

    I shall not lay down! I will not give up!

    Despite all my fears I'll refill my cup.

    To live every day like it is my last

    Love strong and laugh loud, this spectres not passed.

    Though still NED (regardless of 'mets'),

    My running still keeps me ahead - place your bets!

    I'd not bet against me, for as a good fiend once said:

    "When you're put in a box, they'd best screw down the lid".

    It's a matter of time, though I struggle each day,

    It's a fight I can't win, though I battle to stay.

    I let fitness support me, let my body fight back,

    If it's just fighting Cancer then it extends the track.

    I've got Cancer, I know, but it won't make me frown...

    I've a life to be lived, and this WON'T bring me down.

    "You've got Cancer" they'll tell me when again it recurs

    Though that may be in months, it may not be for years.

    It keeps trying to get me so when the next instance comes,

    I'll just look at them calmly,

    Smile... and say...

    "Bring it on!".

     

    Written during my Bumpers ongoing cancer battle, April 3rd 2007 to August 2014 and onwards... (NED - No Evidence of Disease, 'Mets' - metastasis).

    Copyright S.Treweeks01/08/2014

    Steve has suggested that if you like this poem enough to share, how about considering a little donation to our charity??