A mum has revealed her heartbreak after discovering she may not live to see one of her sons marry this coming summer.
Nathalie Eddison, 57, from Darlington, suffered unimaginable pain in April 2018 when she woke up and was left unable to see out of one eye.
Following trips to her doctors, Nathalie was later diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma, a rare type of eye cancer that is believed to affect just 600 people across the UK per year.
Sadly, Nathalie’s life was thrown into turmoil in June 2020 when she was dealt the news that her cancer had subsequently spread to her liver and if left untreated, she may only live for another twelve months.
“I have so much to live for, I have four beautiful children and a granddaughter.
“One of my sons is getting married in the summer and I want to be here for that,” she told ChronicleLive.
Nathalie, a former special educational needs and modern foreign language teacher, is attempting to raise vital funds that will enable her to continue her treatment, with hopes of prolonging her life.
The mum-of-four has subsequently been undergoing Chemosaturation Therapy which has reacted positively, reducing the sizes as well as detecting the tumours.
Nathalie, a gran-of-one, has received two rounds of treatment which has established several tumours while helping to remove others.
She longs to spend more time with her four children, daughter Kayleigh, 33, and sons Antoine, 31, Thomas, 20, and James, 18, as well as granddaughter Amélie, three.
However, the National Institute for Care and Health Excellence [NICE] is still reviewing the Chemosaturation Therapy but without approval from NICE, the treatment is not available on the NHS, meaning Nathalie would be forced to pay.
After friends and relatives rallied round, with some cashing in their pensions, Nathalie has since raised £80,000 for her first two rounds of treatment.
Despite the eye-watering efforts, Nathalie still needs to raise another £40,000 so she will be able to undergo further treatments.
She said: “It’s scary to think how far I have to go to raise money for treatment, we’ve come so far, but it still feels like a drop in the ocean.”
In order to pay for her treatments, Nathalie has raised £12,000 through a GoFundMe page, while she is also set to receive a grant of £5,000 from the national cancer charity, OcuMel UK.
Despite this, Nathalie still requires an extra £23,000 in order for her treatment to continue next month.
The former teacher went on to add: “I’m hoping by the time I have had my third treatment, NICE may have approved the treatment so it is available on the NHS, otherwise I will need to raise more money as you need at least four courses of the treatment and even up to six.
“It seems unfair that just because this is a very rare form of cancer a treatment known to be effective is not available on the NHS because it is potentially costing people’s lives.”