Family is stricken with a double stroke of cancer as mother and father BOTH are diagnosed with the disease
A family was left devastated after both parents were diagnosed with stage four cancer within months of the birth of their fifth child.
Steve Thawley and his wife Sarah, who have five children together, are both seriously ill.
Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer eight weeks after the birth of their son Arthur in March 2020.
Last June, she was told she had only weeks to live, but fought back and was eventually allowed to come home to her family.
Then, in October, Steve started having trouble swallowing his food, and on December 11, the family got the devastating news that Steve had stage four stomach cancer.
Now a fundraising page has been set up to help the couple, who live in Barnsley, South Yorkshire
A family of seven has been left devastated after parents Sarah and Steve Thawley, from Barnsley, were both diagnosed with stage four cancer within just nine months of each other.
Family friend Marina Whitwam said, “Steve has been my son’s soccer coach at Hoyland Common Falcons for the past five years.
‘That’s where I met Sarah too, because she was going to go to the games.
‘When I found out what had happened, I decided to run a half marathon to see if we could raise some money for them.
Even if they can have a vacation as a family or put the money to good use after the horrible year they’ve had.
It’s a story that although you want to share it, not at the same time because it’s so shocking, you can’t write what happened to them.
“Anything we can do to help them will be great.”
As part of the call, Steve and Sarah shared their story so people can understand what they’ve been through in the past year.
The family welcomed baby Arthur on March 20 – just three days before the lockdown started.
Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer at Barnsley Hospital in South Yorkshire (photo)
Then, on May 16 last year, Sarah was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at Barnsley Hospital. Due to lockdown restrictions, she had to get this news only in the hospital.
Her immediate family formed a bubble of support to support Arthur and the rest of their children because of how sick Sarah had become.
The following month, on June 8, Sarah went to Weston Park Hospital for blood tests in preparation for her first chemotherapy treatment later that week. However, she was hospitalized that same day with hypercalcemia.
She received her first chemotherapy treatment while in the hospital, but was very bad and on Thursday June 11, the hospital contacted Steve to come in as soon as possible.
Sarah had moved into a private room and there we were told she only had a few weeks left to live.
Everyone was devastated but determined to bring Sarah home and on Saturday, June 13, she came home where her family had furnished the living room with a bed so that she could be taken care of.
The next day, after lots of planning and rushing around, Sarah and Steve had a blessing in their backyard and on Wednesday, June 17, the local pastor came to their house and made the wedding official after they were given special permission to leave the wedding at home take place. .
In a family statement, they said: ‘Three weeks later, Sarah was still fighting and despite the hospital’s terrible prognosis, she seemed to be getting better.
Although Sarah ended her treatment and improved in October, Steve was also diagnosed with the disease in December after doctors discovered he had stage four stomach cancer.
Sarah finished her treatment in October and her CT scan showed a remarkable response to the treatment.
In the weeks that followed, the family tried to return to as much normalcy as possible with the restrictions in place, with Sarah going to the hospital every three weeks for immunotherapy.
However, it was around this time that Steve had problems swallowing food.
The family said it was initially due to anxiety, but it got worse and after a visit to the doctor, Steve was quickly followed for an endoscopy.
Again, due to Covid’s limitations, Steve had to do the procedure alone.
After the endoscopy, the doctors told Steve he had stomach cancer.
The family continued, “It was incredible. After all that had already happened this year, it seemed impossible news. But on December 11, it was confirmed to be stage 4 stomach cancer.
The family all gathered again – Steve had to go to the hospital a few days before Christmas to have a stent put in place so he could eat well.
Fortunately, he got home in time for Christmas, but he was very poor and couldn’t enjoy it properly.
After the New Year, Steve began his treatment with his first chemotherapy session. He must have six sessions, the last one at the end of April 2021. ‘
A sponsored half marathon has been organized for July 11 from Elsecar Park under the then-current Covid rules.
Marina said, “We originally thought it would be just a few of us.
But since the fundraising page went live, I’ve been letting so many people know how to get involved.
‘So we have to wait and see what happens, because it all depends on the rules of the corona virus at that time.’
To donate to the fundraiser, please visit: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/help-the-thawleys-create-some-smiles