A mum-of-three who was told she ‘didn’t have enough’ cancer for a UK trial of treatment has died from cervical cancer after a two year battle.
Louise Gleadell was diagnosed with cervical cancer in February 2016 (Picture: Loughborough Echo/BPM MEDIA)
A mum-of-three who was told she ‘didn’t have enough’ cancer for a UK trial of treatment has died from cervical cancer after a two year battle. Louise Gleadell, 38, from Leicester, was first diagnosed with cervical cancer in February 2016. By January 2017, the disease had spread and she was told it was uncurable.
She had attempted to take part in an immunotherapy trial to increase her life expectancy, but said she was denied access to the trial because she didn’t have ‘enough’ cancer.
Instead, she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments, and began documenting her battle on the Facebook page Louise’s Gift of Time.
She was determined to extend the time she had to spend with her three boys Joe, Mateo and Jude.
‘I’m not one to ask for help but to be there for my boys I will do anything needed,’ she wrote after launching the Facebook page in April last year.
Refusing to die without a fight, Louise spent up to £70,000 every three weeks to receive treatment at the Hallwang Clinic in Germany.
Family and friends organised several fundraising events to fund the treatment and thanks to that Louise was able to enjoy more time with her sons before passing away on the morning of March 31.
Posting on the Facebook page, her family said: ‘Our beautiful Louise passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by love.
‘We are eternally grateful for all the love and support you all gave us over the last 2 years.
‘Louise never ever gave up the fight- she did everything she possibly could to be here for as long as possible for her three boys.
‘She is at peace now, and free from all the pain and suffering.
Louise and her son Joe, who made a video detailing his mum’s journey. The family launched a Facebook page to document Louise’s treatment and fundraising efforts (Picture: Loughborough Echo/BPM MEDIA)
Speaking last July, Louise, a former holiday business owner, said: ‘I initially tried to join an immunotherapy trial in the UK, but I was told that I couldn’t because I didn’t have enough cancer.
‘So we’ve had to use all of our savings so that I can get treatment in Germany.
‘The first time that I went to Germany, I had to be there for eight days, and that alone cost £70,000.
‘My second time, just three weeks later, cost £66,000 and now every three weeks I have two days’ worth and that’s £32,000.
‘And I have to keep having these treatments every three weeks or my tumours will continue growing and I will die.’