Tuesday, 3 May 2016
I first came across Kath Marsland when we both started blogging for a breast cancer charity's online magazine. At that point she was recovering from treatment for primary breast cancer. Since then we've exchanged emails and messages about life, the universe and everything.
During the next few months Kath, like 30% of all people who have had primary breast cancer, went on to be diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (the cancer, now incurable, had spread to other parts of the body). Throughout it all Kath maintained her fantastic sense of humour and sickeningly brilliant (me, jealous?) writing style.
As her disease progressed Kath thoroughly researched her options and had started fund raising to enable her to seek treatment in Germany.
I'm very sad to say that Kath died just over a week ago, before she had the chance to go to the German clinic. I read today that Kath had asked that in the event of her death any money raised on her behalf should be donated to Second Hope, the only UK charity focusing solely on metastatic breast cancer.
I'm writing about Kath here because I want to assure anyone who donated to her treatment via my Facebook post that the money will be going to a very worthy cause and, more importantly, because I want to commemorate, in my own small way, the life of a lovely, funny and very talented young woman.
Some relevant links:
Kath's amazing blog
An article about Kath in the Manchester Evening News
Information about Second Hope