Terminal mum's recovery after bleak cancer diagnosis
PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:21 08 July 2015
A Clevedon mother-of-two, who was diagnosed with what doctors believed was an incurable cancer, has defied the odds and beaten the disease.
Becky Buxton, aged 26, had hepatosplenic gamma-delta t-cell lymphoma – a rare and aggressive cancer - which is generally incurable.
Chemotherapy failed to beat the cancer which had started spreading to her organs, leaving her with just months to live if she stopped treatment.
Becky’s doctors said her only option was to go on trial drugs, but even then she only had a slim chance of recovery.
She has now defeated the cancer and her family is ecstatic they have got more years together. Her husband Chris said: “Up until 2012 there were no survivors of this type of cancer, so when we first found out what was wrong with her they gave her no chance of survival.
“They said her only hope was to go on trial drugs and they worked.
“The drugs got rid of the cancer and then they gave her a bone marrow transplant using her sister’s stem cells.
“They’ve got no data on the cancer she had so they don’t know if it’s going to come back, but they’ve said there’s a 50 per cent chance it will come back within four years.”
While Becky was receiving treatment she spent six months in hospital and Chris visited every day except one week when she was too ill to see anyone.
She lost six-and-a-half stone when ill, but has now started an exercise regime to build up her strength and continue fighting.
When Becky was given the bleak diagnosis, Weston Outcasts held a fishing competition to raise money so she and Chris could take their children, Ava May, aged three, and Charlie, aged two, to Holland where she grew up.
The sea fishing club, which Chris belongs to, held the event on Clevedon Pier in May 2014 and raised £2,578.
Chris said: “What the club did for us was incredible, we didn’t expect it.
“We managed to go back to Holland for two weeks so Becky could take us to all the places she remembered when she was growing up. She absolutely loved it. Then we took the children to Disneyland Paris.
“We want to thank everyone for all their support and help. It’s quite overwhelming that people would do that for us.
“It’s been really hard for our family, but it has pulled us together.
“We’re just hoping Becky will keep fighting it and stay well.”