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Sharing the real-life stories of people affected by sarcoma in one way or another. 

We’re sharing your stories all through the year. Do you have a sarcoma story to share? Get in touch on tenyears@sarcoma.org.uk.

Gaynor Anders

Gaynor Anders

I was repeatedly told there was nothing visible on scans and nothing wrong with my hand. I never once considered I had cancer. [READ MORE]

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Melissa Denby

‘You realise that family is so important and that actually, you can get through it’. 

Melissa lives in Woodley, Berkshire with her husband Steve, their children Ciara and Logan, and the family's three King Charles Cavaliers. [READ MORE]

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Maria Hassan

‘I chose to build my knowledge on what I was dealing with, and my treatment options.’

Maria, 50, is a married mum of three grown up children, aged 26, 22 and 19. She lives in a small village in Suffolk. Before her sarcoma diagnosis, Maria had worked as a chef, a consultant and at an auction house, all of which she loved. [READ MORE]

Jacqui McCloy and son

Jacqui Napier

'In March 2019 I gave birth to a healthy happy boy. It had taken many years after several miscarriages, rounds of IVF, and then finally I became pregnant naturally. The pregnancy had been going well with no issues apart from a pain in my left leg that started five months in. My leg was swollen and throbbing. With each week, the swelling in my knee got worse...' [READ MORE]

Andrea Ruano, Brad Gudger and Katherine Mills from Alike

Andrea Ruano & Katherine Mills

Andrea Ruano was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma when just 15 years old and living in Spain. 

Told she had just a 30% chance of surviving, Andrea began 6 rounds of chemo, stem cell transplants and the first of 14 surgeries leading to the amputation of her leg earlier this year. [READ MORE]

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Geeta Patel

'Before my diagnosis, I did not even know the word sarcoma existed! Let alone know what it was.'

Geeta, 26, was newly married and enjoying life as a young professional. One day in the bath, she discovered a golf ball-sized lump on the back of her leg. [READ MORE]

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Kelly Ratcliffe

‘I had a gut feeling that something was wrong, so I insisted on a face-to-face appointment’.

Kelly is 34 and lives in Hampshire with her husband and two children, aged five and two. She says the support she has received from Sarcoma UK has been invaluable.  [READ MORE]

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James Smythe 

‘It feels like getting a second chance, and in some ways my life is much better than before it happened.’

James Smythe is a 51-year-old small business owner. He lives in Enfield, North London, with his wife Catherine and their 13-year-old son. [READ MORE]

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Aysha Zaman

‘You never realise how much strength you have until you go through something like this’.

Aysha is 46 and lives in London. She works as an investment analyst at an asset management firm and likes to keep healthy and active. She was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma in 2019. [READ MORE]