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

After number 4 and Chemo 5

I know its been a little while since my last blog but its not because things have been bad. The last two weeks since chemo number 4 have been great. After chemo 4 I stayed in hospital for a couple of days to ensure the new antisickness drug worked. I was pleasently surprised. The day following the chemo, I woke up and didnt want to sit up until the nurse had given me my medications. After half an hour or so I sat up and wasnt feeling sick or felt queasy. I have to admit I felt a little apprehensive about it working so stayed in an extra day just to be sure. But all was good. I got back on my feet a lot quicker this time! I was so happy to be on my feet quicker because it meant I could take Sophie to her first day at school. She looked soo cute in her uniform and was really excited to be going with all her friends. She loved it and is more than ready to stay in until 3.25pm, but they do staggered settling in for the first three weeks. I handled it well until I came back home and looked at the pictures Stuart and I had taken. Thats when I cried a little, not just because shes growing up so fast but because I got to see that milestone! It was also lovely to be able to have lunch with my friends from work this fortnight too. Having a catch up was great as I hadnt seen most of them since the beginning of May, since I went on holiday to Menorca when all this started. Another first this week was that I was able to have a vodka and diet coke. I have to say it was warm but it still went down too well. I’m sitting here writing this catchup blog, having had my 5th Chemo less than 24hrs ago. Again I’ve had my magic antisickness drug but this time I decided not to stay in hospital but to come home straight after. I’ve had my meds and breakfast and touchwood so far so good! At my consultation on Tuesday, my doctor has ordered my scan for after my 6th Chemo. Thats going to be the next important step to aim for, as not only will I be half way through my treatment but we will find out if my tumor has shrunk. Thank you to everyone sending me their best wishes it helps a lot to get through this! Katie Xxx


  • Natalie Says

    Katie it has been fantastic seeing you out and about these last couple of weeks and seeing you looking so much brighter too. thankfully they seem to have the treatment just right for you now. You are an inspiration to everyone you know Katie. X x x

  • Kath Webb Says

    So pleased you were well enough to see Sophie start school. Fingers crossed that the drugs continue to suit you and hope the scan shows they are working. Xxx

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