Katie Marshall (left) and Nicola Rowbotham (proper) on the Hollywood signal (Image: Around the World Journal/SWNS)
A 34-year-old lady who thought she was going to die when she was recognized with most cancers made the choice to reject chemo and journey the world together with her girlfriend.
Katie Marshall, now 36, was recognized with pores and skin most cancers in January 2018 however was then instructed by docs that she additionally had breast most cancers simply three months later.
Katie and her girlfriend Nicola Rowbotham, 33, have been on a visit of a lifetime spanning 4,000 miles throughout America on the time, they usually needed to return to Manchester for pressing surgical procedure to take away Katie’s tumour in Could 2018.
However, following the surgical procedure, Katie, who’s from Hattersley, Cheshire, refused chemotherapy which she says was ‘extra terrifying. than the most cancers analysis.
The loved-up couple then determined to avoid wasting up so they might give up their jobs and proceed their travels. Additionally they tailored their existence to include Katie’s chosen holistic most cancers therapy.
Lastly, the pair settled in Canada in March this yr, and have been there ever since.
Katie had emergency surgical procedure, however refused to have chemotherapy after her tumour was eliminated (Image: Around the World Journal/SWNS)
The couple met in 2010 at a home celebration in Newcastle and have visited 36 completely different international locations and travelled greater than 200,000 miles collectively since 2015.
Katie and Nicola have now been residing in a camper van within the Canadian wilderness with out web, WiFi or electrical energy for eight months.
The couple managed to get into the nation simply earlier than lockdown in March after quitting their jobs and promoting all of their belongings.
‘Once I acquired my analysis, the considered chemotherapy was extra terrifying than the analysis itself,’ explains Katie.
‘I had a really supportive oncologist who was there to reply all of my considerations. I used to be provided chemo due to my age and since my breast most cancers was aggressive.
‘I had surgical procedure to take away the tumour and had an agonising await numerous outcomes from the biopsy that lasted round three months.’
The pair have been residing out of a camper van for eight months (Image: Around the World Journal/SWNS)
Docs discovered a lesion on Katie’s backbone and she or he was examined for bone most cancers. However fortuitously the outcomes got here again unfavorable – they discovered a ‘micrometastasis’ which is a small assortment of most cancers cells from the unique tumour.
‘That was efficiently eliminated but it surely was petrifying to suppose that I would die at 34,’ she provides.
‘Ever because the trauma of being twice recognized with most cancers, three months aside, I struggled with nervousness and insomnia for round a yr.
‘I now see the trauma of the entire expertise as a mild steer into residing freely on the highway, hopefully for the remainder of my days.’
Katie and Nicola hope to proceed travelling the world when restrictions are eased (Image: Around the World Journal/SWNS)
Katie mentioned she has ‘by no means felt extra alive’ than she does now and, fortunately, she solely must go for check-ups twice a yr to ensure the tumour hasn’t grown.
The pair had hoped Canada can be the primary of many stops of their travels, however the pandemic had different plans.
‘We had plans to drive our camper all the way down to Oregon and California – eight months later, we’re nonetheless there because of the coronavirus pandemic,’ says Katie.
‘Throughout this time, we now have not had web entry, electrical energy or working water.’
They hope to get on the transfer once more as soon as journey restrictions and lockdowns are eased around the globe.
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