Hornchurch wife to raise awareness of ovarian cancer on BBC One
January 30, 2021
Suzie Aries Funds £ 250,000 for Innovative Immunotherapy (Credit: Ovarian Cancer Action)
A young woman from Hornchurch shared her experience with ovarian cancer to raise awareness of the disease.
Suzie Aries was only 25 years old when she first noticed she felt constantly bloated and extremely tired.
For a few months she put it back on burning the candle on both ends, but very soon her symptoms could no longer be ignored.
Suzie was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of ovarian cancer in January 2017. It is the deadliest gynecological disease in the UK and affects more than 7,000 women each year.
“As dramatic as it sounds, it was probably the worst day of my life,” said Suzie.
“Even after the surgery, I stayed optimistic and just thought, ‘Okay, even if I had cancer, it’s gone now, it’s over and I was a cancer patient but I’m better now,’ but they confirmed about six weeks after mine Surgery that it was small cell ovarian cancer and that I had to go to chemotherapy as soon as possible. ”
The disease has a survival rate of just five years, which is way below the rate of many other cancers.
Suzie has since gone through six rounds of chemotherapy, three different surgeries, radiation therapy, and a drug study.
“I think the first and most important thing that I really had to get used to was the fact that I was going to lose my hair,” Suzie continued.
“I think as a woman, one of those things is that it’s part of our identity. When my hair started falling out, it was demoralizing to go through more than the treatment itself.”
Suzie has exhausted all standard treatment options and is now trying innovative immunotherapy.
It’s not available through the NHS and the recommended two-year course costs £ 250,000.
She raised around £ 188,000 by holding multiple fundraisers ahead of the coronavirus lockdown.
It has been difficult to raise money during the pandemic, however, and she is currently crocheting and selling toys to try to keep paying for her treatment.
Suzie has teamed up with Ovarian Cancer Action and will be attending BBC One’s Lifeline Appeal at 1.55pm on Sunday.
She will share her story with two other people to fuel the need for more funding.
Hopefully this will give Ovarian Cancer Action the profile they need to make as much money as possible so their research goes into an early detection tool like the smear … and then obviously better treatment that the NHS can provide in the long term ” added Suzie.
The 29-year-old was originally a professional actress, but has started training as a British sign language interpreter for health reasons.
“I have an uncle in Australia who is deaf, so I stayed with him for a while and after a few weeks with him I learned to be relatively fluent,” said Suzie.
“That’s when I got the sign language mistake and started studying BSL (British Sign Language). Now I’ve just passed my level 3 and will be starting my level 6 course very soon.”
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