Scots breast cancer survivor given just weeks to live after disease returned

Scots breast cancer survivor given just weeks to live after disease returned

A BREAST cancer survivor is planning her funeral instead of her 40th birthday next year after being given the shattering news the disease is back and is incurable.

Doctors have told shocked Marie Dobson she has just weeks to live and is unlikely to be here to celebrate turning 39 at the end of November.


But the personal trainer is desperate to make it to her milestone birthday and hopes to raise at least £35,000 for treatment in Spain that could buy her precious months.

Brave Marie has also drawn up plans for a party on Balmedie beach in Aberdeenshire when she’s gone and wants loved ones to wear bright colours and dance to Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive.

Marie, of nearby Newmachar, said: “I’m not ready to die. Cancer has stolen so much from me. I can’t have kids and I don’t want it to take my life too.

“I’m going to fight as hard as I can to keep that for a bit longer. My dream is making it to my 40th. That’d be the ultimate party.”

Marie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and after a year of treatment thought she’d beaten it for good.

She went back to work and built her dream house with partner Neil Barclay, 39.

When she was struck by mystery aches and pains, she wrote them off as work- related injuries.

But in 2019 scans showed the pain was secondary cancer spreading through her body and she was told she had a maximum of five years left.

Marie said: “There were holes in my bones as the cancer was pushing the calcium out. That’s why I was so sore.”

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Chemo has failed to slow the illness and her life expectancy has been cruelly cut.

Her only option is to fly to Spain for Dendrix cell treatment, which is not available on the NHS. Marie said: “This treatment could mean I live and I love life so much.”

The Scottish Medicines Consortium said: “Dendritic cell vaccines are in development but none are close enough to market to be on our programme.”

Help Marie’s appeal here.

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