A Stonehaven woman has bravely spoken out about the rare cancer that she was diagnosed with earlier this year in a bid to raise funds and awareness of the disease.
Debbie Robb (37) was diagnosed with Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia Disease(GTD/GTN), after discovering she was pregnant in January. She explained: “Unfortunately at 12 weeks we discovered that the pregnancy was not viable and an urgent operation awaited me the next day. The pregnancy was referred to as an extremely rare molar pregnancy.
“Three weeks after my op and with some complications I was taken back into hospital in Aberdeen where it was decided that I was to be flown as an emergency to Charing Cross Hospital in London-the specialist centre for molar pregnancies. It was upon arrival here that I was diagnosed with GTN/GTD. GTN/GTD is an extremely rare form of cancer that develops in around 10% of molar pregnancies. The very next day I started chemotherapy on what was my 37th birthday-certainly not the birthday I had planned but as good a day as any to get started!”
Six months and two different chemotherapy treatments later, Debbie has finished her treatment, although she will continue to be monitored for life by Charing Cross.
Debbie, who now lives in Chapelton with her husband Ian, has now organised a charity event, to take place on Friday October 21 at Aberdeen venue the Tunnels to raise funds for the Cancer Treatment and Research Trust (CTRT). The event will feature sets from star of 90s Britpop band Republica, Saffron, as well as Nick Mercer Jr. and B.E.G.B.I.E. Tickets are available from Skiddle.com or Aberdeen Performing Arts.
All proceeds raised will go to CTRT. Debbie added: “I have chosen CTRT for my fundraising as their research is headed by my professor at Charing Cross who is a world leader in this disease and the diagnosis. Research and treatment of GTN/GTD is still very much specialist and lacking in awareness.”
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