As anyone who had heard those words “I’m sorry but you have cancer” will know only too well, getting a cancer diagnosis changes your life for ever.
Local resident Kaz Molloy heard those words herself two days before Christmas in 2009 - but the emotional turmoil that followed was nothing compared to what she went through when her mother was diagnosed with cancer in November 2013.
“When I was diagnosed with womb cancer it was tough but when Mom was diagnosed my whole life fell apart” says Kaz.
“It didn’t help that she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive type of liver cancer called Cholangiocarcinoma and died just five weeks after being diagnosed.”
Turning to the internet for help and support, Kaz discovered that cholangiocarcinoma causes over 1,800 deaths each year in UK.
Because it is difficult to diagnose, it is often at a late stage by the time of diagnosis and so surgery, currently the only potential cure, is not an option.
Only five per cent of patients will survive one year from a diagnosis of CC.
Kaz also found out that there is only one charity in UK for this cancer, The Alan Morement Memorial Fund, or AMMF as they are known.
Since her mother died she has been raising awareness of this cancer and the charity and also helps to raise funds for them , as well as running her own national womb cancer support and awareness organisation, Womb Cancer Support UK.
February is Cholangiocarcinoma Awareness Month and Kaz is once again hoping to help raise more awareness about this cancer.
In mid-March she will be holding an auction to help raise funds for AMMF.
“March 21 would have been mom’s 80th birthday so I am running an online auction on Facebook in her memory. This will be the third one and so far I’ve raised over £835 for AMMF and I’m hoping to make it to £1000 this year,” said Kaz.
For more information about Cholangiocarcinoma visit the AMMF website.