45-year-old smoker who rejected cough finds out she actually has terminal lung cancer
A woman who dismissed a cough as the aftermath of Covid described her heartache upon finding out that she actually had incurable cancer and only had two years to live, doctors say.
In April, shortly before the local election, doctors discovered a 5.5cm tumor in the right lung of Surrey councilor Alison Griffiths.
Further checks revealed that she had 10 tumors in one lung and more than 10 in the other, Get Surrey reports.
The 45-year-old, deputy minister of places and county councilor for the wards of Sunbury Common and Ashford Common, dismissed a cough as the aftermath of Covid, before discovering news of the bomb.
Cllr Griffiths, a curator from Sunbury, said: “It’s devastating. It’s something you just can’t figure out – I could have faced ‘you have cancer’ but ‘stage 4, end of life “hit me for six. You never think it’s gonna be you.”
The politician had smoked since the age of 12 and had tried to quit without success on numerous occasions, most notably during the quit smoking campaigns she led as a counselor.
âIt was a habit I couldn’t break. But the day I was diagnosed, I gave up very easily,â she said. Get Surrey.
Cllr Griffiths, who has five grandchildren and four children, added: âI ask everyone to quit smoking, it’s really not worth it.
“You don’t think it will be you, but it can be. That feeling of finding out from cigarettes that I couldn’t see my grandchildren grow up – it was never worth it.”
Doctors told him he only had two years left, but Cllr Griffiths replied, “I don’t have it.”
But despite the steadfast attitude, she admitted the news had completely swept her away.
âThere’s no want to find out you’re going to die. It’s the hardest thing you can go through. It was such a shock. My whole world fell apart,â she said. .
Alison has the opportunity to access a new cancer treatment method developed by British scientists called the ‘sugar bomb’ that could destroy sugar-hungry cancer cells in seconds.
Cancerous tumors need âfoodâ to spread, so they consume the âbombâ which contains medicine.
So far, the treatment, developed by scientists at the University of Edinburgh, has been tested successfully in brain cancer, but it could also be used to fight against breast, prostate tumors and lung.
But the treatment, like many other advanced methods, comes at a price. This led Alison to create a GoFundMe page with a goal of Â£ 20,000.
Although illness has forced her out of the cabinet, Cllr Griffiths continues to work as a county councilor as much as she can on days when she is feeling fairly well.
She said: âIt all happened so late, I feel like I let my residents down. They voted for me and I’m done with it. But I’m doing my best.
She has been a councilor since 2015, when she was elected Spelthorne Borough Council.
Congratulating the medical staff who are treating her cancer, Cllr Griffiths added: “The hospitals in Ashford and St Peter have been amazing. They have continued cancer treatment throughout Covid. The staff are amazing, they risked their life. “