Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Absolute Warrior' Needs Your Help

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Absolute Warrior' Needs Your Help

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Byline: KELLEY PRICE @kelleyprice_gaz

THE family of a Teesside woman diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer has made an impassioned plea for Teessiders to help send her abroad for lifesaving treatment.

"Absolute warrior" Laura Hodgson, 35, is fighting for her life after undergoing chemotherapy - only for tests to reveal the cancer had progressed.

A Go Fund Me page set up by the Billingham mum-of-two's family raised more than PS13,280 in 21 hours with people describing Laura as an "absolutely lovely lady" and how they would love to see the keen netballer "back on the court" soon.

Laura has been told there is little treatment available for her advanced stage cancer.

Now husband Stephen, parents Ray and Jan, and sister Michaela, are desperately trying to reach their PS100,000 target to explore treatment outside the NHS.

Triple negative breast cancer is a particularly aggressive form yet it's rare, affecting only one in five women who are diagnosed with the disease.

Laura's cousin Christine Robinson recalls a family wedding last year where Laura was in pain, waiting for the test results that would reveal the diagnosis "everyone dreads" - but she had decided not to tell Stephen so he could enjoy the party with his family.

Christine said: "Laura is a warrior, she's taking it all on the chin and is doing everything she can.

"She has completely changed her diet, she's trying Aloe Vera, meditation, if you suggest something she will try it.

"She is also interested in more holistic approaches, trying to get the body as healthy as possible.

"We are all in shock, if I'm honest," Christine added.

"If you're going to get cancer, this is the type you do not want to get.

"It's quite aggressive.

"We are looking into different options, talking with consultants abroad - but all of them come with a massive price tag. …

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