Mum Who Didn't Have 'Enough Cancer' For Trial Treatment Dies From Disease
A mum of three who was told that she didn't have 'enough cancer' for a UK trial treatment has died, her family has confirmed on social media.
A message on the Facebook page for 38-year-old Louise Gleadell said: "Our beautiful Louise passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by love.
"We are eternally grateful for all the love and support you all gave us over the last 2 years.
"Louise never ever gave up the fight - she did everything she possibly could to be here for as long as possible for her three boys.
"She is at peace now, and free from all the pain and suffering."
Louise was diagnosed with cervical cancer back in February 2016, after doctors mistook the disease for post-natal symptoms.
Speaking last year, Louise explained that her attempts to join a trial treatment were rejected, and instead had to travel to Germany to prolong her life.
She said: "I initially tried to join an immunotherapy trial in the UK, but I was told that I couldn't because I didn't have enough cancer.
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"So we've had to use all of our savings so that I can get treatment in Germany.
"The first time that I went to Germany, I had to be there for eight days, and that alone cost £70,000 ($98,000).
"My second time, just three weeks later, cost £66,000 ($93,00) and now every three weeks I have two days' worth and that's £32,000 ($45,000).
"And I have to keep having these treatments every three weeks or my tumours will continue growing and I will die."
She continued: "Although it has cost me everything we have, except the roof over our head, it is worth it to be able to spend some time with my children. The next step would be to sell our house, but it's not that simple, the kids are just young.
"It's their home and I've got to think about their future - if I do go, what will they have left? I'm paying an absolute fortune, when I should be able to get the treatment in the UK, but it's worth it to spend time with my family.
"Before my treatment I was bedbound for five months, so even little things like being able to sit at the dinner table with my kids, I cherish."
The GoFundMe page set up for Louise's treatment has said that any further funds raised will towards Louise's three sons.
Rest in peace.
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