Lesleys Legacy - Please sign to stop vital cancer treatment being affected due to Covid �

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On Monday 23rd March 2020, 1 day into lockdown, my mums cancer treatment was cruelly stopped after only 2 sessions of Chemo. She received this devastating news coldly over the telephone and it was very unexpected. She was advised that no further treatment was available. Exactly 10 weeks later, after suffering a huge amount of sickness and pain for those 10 weeks, she sadly passed away on Monday 1st June 2020.

My mum worked for the NHS for 17 years and absolutely loved her job in the Orthopaedic Fracture Clinic at Salford Royal Hospital in Salford. Sadly when she needed our NHS the most she was let down badly. 

There is no excuse for anybody’s life saving treatment to be cancelled or affected due to Covid. There have been specialist Covid hospitals built that are standing empty.

This is not acceptable. Why should 1 persons life mean more than another just because they want to get Covid statistics looking better on paper? How can someone who has been fighting and fighting through operations, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, etc be told that their life means less than Joe Bloggs who has developed Covid because he was out clubbing at an illegal rave without a mask or social distancing? How can we build specialist hospitals to take the strain off and not use them? How can 1 life be worth any more than another life? How can they expect to develop a wonder drug to get rid of Covid when Cancer has been around since the 1700’s and still we don’t have a cure. Alzheimer’s has been around for over 100 years and still no cure. Stroke - no cure, Leukaemia - no cure, Heart Disease - no cure. The list goes on. We just have to learn how to live with this nightmare and take measures to alleviate symptoms should you catch it.

But don’t abandon cancer patients, or Mental Health patients or anyone else in need of medical care. Hopefully Covid is not a life time condition, yes it can be fatal, and yes it’s fast acting, but it can also be prevented, and it can also be cured at home within a few weeks.

Cancer is for life, Alzheimer’s is for life, Heart Disease is for life.

Don’t let down your existing patients that are suffering with a long term/life time condition. Every patient deserves access to treatment. 

I pray our government starts ruling with common sense. I know how it feels to have a loved one taken due to cancer/covid prioritisation. I also have a long journey ahead fighting for justice for my mum ❤️