Dyserth mum of two could receive life-prolonging drug


Stephanie Price

A MOTHER of two who has been diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer may have a chance at receiving a life-prolonging drug. 

Cheryl Sheard, 35, of Dyserth, who has been told by doctors to “make memories” with her children, may have the opportunity to receive a course of Avastin which treats advanced cervical cancer, but only if the NHS in England agree to fund it. 

Cheryl said: “There have been successful trials of the drug in America. It comes down to funding ultimately as the drug is not available through the NHS in Wales. I should find out in around three weeks hopefully.” 

Cheryl would be eligible for the treatment course, which costs £24,000, were she to have an English postcode. 

Ten weeks ago Cheryl also underwent pioneering surgery to try and treat the cancer but was unsuccessful. Cheryl said: “I spent six hours in surgery. They said from the outset there was a chance it wouldn’t work but I have to go down every route that is available to me. 

“I’ve been putting chemotherapy on hold at the moment as I have spent the last six weeks with my children while they have been off school, but I can’t put it off any longer. I will be having palliative care and chemo for the rest of my life now. 

“I will be having a wedding blessing and a party as a way of thanking everyone who has been fundraising and supporting me while I still have the quality of life. It’s been amazing seeing the community pull together and this party will be a celebration of life.” 

Residents from across the coast have been joining together to hold fun days, charity football matches and more to raise awareness and to raise money to send Cheryl, Gareth and their two children, Anna-Louise, seven, and Vinnie, two, on a holiday of a lifetime to Disneyland. So far they have raised more than £12,000, some of which will also go to Cancer Research UK. 

Cheryl and Gareth will be having their wedding blessing on Saturday at The Beaches Hotel, Prestatyn. 

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