The family of a Dublin woman whose mother is fighting cancer for a second time are appealing for help paying for her treatment.
Marie Carroll-Murphy beat stage 1 breast cancer 12 years ago.
She featured in an Irish Cancer Society awareness ad last year, little knowing that her cancer had already returned.
“In February 2018 we found my mother’s cancer had not only returned but metastasized, meaning it has spread to multiple organs of her body, to name a few the hip, the spine, the spleen, the lungs and some in the ribs,” said Marie’s daughter Lisa.
“Needless to say it is in the advanced stage. Luckily there is none in the brain or liver, which are common places for it to travel.”
Marie has since undergone chemotherapy treatment to keep the cancer at bay.
The cancer is not curable but it is treatable and Marie’s family say they are now focusing on rehabilitation and pain management.
“There are many factors that will influence the success of keeping the cancer at bay,” said Lisa.
“Some of these factors include getting the right treatment at the right time that works best alongside the other medications, having a positive state of mind and the ability to adapt to a new lifestyle as a person living with mets.”
While some of Marie’s treatment is covered by her health insurance, there are other costs that are not covered.
Her family are appealing for help in covering the additional costs.
“We of course would like for her to not worry about any of these costs that are building up, as you can imagine it is unlikely she will be taking up full time employment any time soon,” said Lisa
“This fund will go towards the additional treatment costs and scans not covered by the insurance, as part of her rehabilitation we also would like her to have some independence again and be able to get from A to B as she pleases.
“At the moment her car is for sale since the news as it is not accessible for her anymore, she now requires a fully adapted car to suit her needs.
“If you can, please put something towards these goals we have for her, it will be much appreciated and hopefully enable her to get to a point where the cancer is no longer a primary focus in her life.”
To help with Marie’s treatment, please visit www.gofundme.com/mariestreatment