Sarah and Sarah Tapper with mum Rose in the middle
Catherine and Sarah Tapper are hosting a Stella & Dot Party to raise funds for Sarcoma UK on 29th October 2014 from 6pm onwards.
We had never heard of Sarcoma before our Mum was diagnosed with it in May 2012. Mum went in for what we thought was a routine operation to remove a lump that had grown to the size of a tennis ball from her elbow. The lump was first noticed when it was the size of a pea but rapidly grew. Mum had just retired from a successful career in nursing. We knew something did not seem quite right by the rate in which the lump was growing but we were assured many times by several medical professionals that it was nothing to worry about and that it was just a cyst. When mum was called in two weeks later for the results, the surgeon had to reveal the shocking news that is was a very rare form of cancer called Sarcoma.
Sarcomas are cancers that develop in the supporting or connective tissues of the body such as muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, blood vessels and fat. It is a rare and devastating form of cancer that affects 3800 people each year including children and teenagers.
Everything moved very quickly from then on. She was referred to the Sarcoma team at The Royal in Liverpool where she was looked after by a fantastic specialist team. After more extensive tests it was confirmed that it was in fact Leiomyosarcoma at stage 3. The Sarcoma team were an unbelievable supportive to us all and helped us to remain positive. They advised us to stay away from researching on the internet. Mum had to have another operation where they removed more tissue and part of her tricep muscle to ensure a full cell clearance. This was also followed with a thirty session course of Radiotherapy treatment at the Marina Dalglish Centre based at Aintree Hospital.
In August 2012 Mum was given the all clear although she is still not out of the woods, she has to have regular scans every three months for the next five years but for the last two years thankfully they have remained clear.
It is important to us to raise awareness of this type of cancer and to help those that have been diagnosed with Sarcoma. As a thank you, we want to give back to Sarcoma UK by shouting about the great work that they do and help fundraise towards research.
For more details, to purchase a ticket or give a donation please contact Catherine or Sarah Tapper at Tapper’s Cafe, 9 Union Street, Southport. 01704 539567.