Daughter of Les & Joan Allan and sister to Chris, Katie originated from Belfast and settled in Fradley, Staffordshire with husband, Stuart, and two children, Sam and Sophie.

Katie wrote this blog to share her story, improve awareness and spread inspiration & positivity amongst families, friends and others 'battling cancer - one day at a time'

Katie Scarbrough
04 March 1981 - 02 May 2013

Chemo 4

I know its been awhile since my last blog, but the last couple of weeks have been a struggle for me mentally.
After Chemo 3, I was admitted to hospital straight away to try and manage my sickness. However, the day after I woke up and was sick straight away. For a day and a half I was sick. I was discharged on the saturday afternoon which also happened to be my 5th wedding anniversary. It was kind of annoying that we couldn’t do anything special to celebrate. But my Father in law Graeme, cooks a mean sirloin steak!
For a few days after coming out of hospital I was a little emotional. I know I’m mean’t to be positive and strong but I got fed up of not being able to drink cold drinks, not knowing what I wanted to eat, my tastebuds being all over the place, my tummy was sore from where the needle from the syringe driver went in, having no energy and mostly not being able to do the things I wanted to with the kids.
Its better not knowing when your going to be sick, because for me knowing that I’m going to be sick every two weeks gets harder and harder to deal with.
On a more positive note, I have just finished chemo 4, which means two more before I get scanned to see if its doing what it is supposed to do.
So I’ve had the chemo and again I’ve been admitted to try and combat the sickness. This time an hour before my chemo I took a new tablet called Aprepitant. This supposed to be a stronger antisickness drug, so along with the Levomepromazine in the syringe driver and Ondansetron hopefully the sickness will stop.
This week the kids are in Blackpool staying with my brother in law Scott and his partner Andrew. They have been their since Monday and already they have gone to Blackpool Pleasure Beach to see Dora and Deigo in Nickelodeon Land, been to the Zoo, Blackpool Tower, Jungle Jims and had loads of icecream! Needless to say they are being spoilt rotten.
Its Sophies first day at Primary School on Tuesday and I want to feel well enough to take her!!
My fingers and toes are crossed for the next couple of days to be kind to me!

Ps heres a picture we got done before my chemo started. They were done by www.martindaviesphotography.co.uk


  • Edina Says

    Hi Katie, i’m sure some times its harder then others to cope with your illness….. You are brilliant how positive you took everything so far…. so don’t break this and just carry on being so brave and strong! I’m sure all your family and friends are very proud of you!
    Once you finished with your chemo you will have everything what you wish and how much you wish to eat and drink! 🙂 Not long to go! Lots of love, e xxxxx

  • Emma hadley Says

    Fingers crossed the new antisickness drug works katie and just know youre going to be able to take sophie to school on her first day – youre made of strong stuff and are doing brilliantly coping with it all xx love & hugs huni xx

  • Natalie Says

    I have everything crossed that the new Additional anti sickness drug will work for you, and even more so that you feel fit enough to take Sophie on Tuesday…I a, sure you will, and at least you can go home and rest for a few hours in peace before going to collect her.
    Sounds lke Scott and Andrew are giving Sam and Sophie a fab time…they will be worn out for school!
    Thinking of you and hope you are home soon x x x

  • Kath Webb Says

    Katie, I have nothing but admiration for you with how you’re coping with the sickness. It knocks you about but you still manage to see the positives. You are such a strong person. I really hope the new anti sickness medication works for you, you deserve a bit of respite from it. Fingers crossed you’ll be ok for Tuesday. I’ll be in the corner blubbing at Rosie going into ‘Big School’.

  • Mervyn and Bernie Says

    Hi Katie, dunno what to say that hasn’t already been said. Ditto to it all. Good luck.

  • Sarah Says

    I am really glad that the drugs gave worked for you and hope Sophie’s first day at school goes well I am sure her big brother will enjoy having her at school with him. We are thinking about you all. X x x

  • Chris Watters Jnr Says

    Get well soon Katie Scarbrough. It might seem trite but I’ve never been more sincere.

  • carole brown Says

    keep your chin up Katie. In 12 months time it will all seem like a nightmare that you have woken up from! You´ve got everything to live for ~so fight the bugger!!!!!! THinking about you and knowing you will have a full recovery.
    Carole (friend of Brad) xx

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