Alisha’s Dream

In by Alisha Thomson

Fundraising for research into low grade ovarian cancer for a better future. After a stage 4 ovarian cancer diagnosis at the age of 27 in 2016 I have a dream of a future with better treatment options for myself and women like me. This disease has very little research and very few specific treatments, it needs more support.
178.39% Raised
$8,919.47 donated of $5,000.00 goal
15 Donors

I live in Townsville, North Queensland. I have a love for life and enjoy spending my time with friends, my dog, going to the gym and playing touch football. I love my job as a doctor and feel passionately about reducing the stigma around mental illness and the wellbeing of doctors. Nov 18th 2016 I was diagnosed with stage 4 low grade ovarian cancer. My life changed forever. It might seem odd however I feel ovarian cancer has made me incredibly strong and has given me perspective on life. I appreciate my friends and family more and I value living in the moment. I believe everyone should have a bucket list that they tick off throughout there life rather than wait for retirement. You never know how life will turn out.

As a doctor I was horrified by the statistics for ovarian cancer and the significant disparity between the funding of different cancers. Ovarian cancer needs more awareness of the vague signs but it also needs funding for research into better treatments. I recall looking up my statistics when I was diagnosed, the 5 year survival rate was 17%. The odds for ovarian cancer have not improved at the rate of the other cancers such as breast because it hasn’t had the same level of funding or support. When my oncologist started me on chemotherapy they did not expect it to work, low grade often doesn’t respond. I asked her why I had to be on chemotherapy if it wasn’t expected to help me, just make me unwell. She said I had no other options, we didn’t have specific treatments available for low grade. So we took a gamble with my life.

I thankfully have responded to chemotherapy which as kept me alive thus far. As of Feb 2020 I have just started my third course of chemotherapy. I had a brief period of 8 months where my scans were clear where I got back to work and had just started to hope that maybe I could be someone who beats the odds before my cardiac metastasis showed up again on the scan. I truly do hope that the money we raise will fund research that could give me a treatment option through a clinical trial that might just save my life.

Every donation counts, thank you.

Alisha xo

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  2. Sabrina Ritom

    We love you Alisha! You're an inspiration with your spirit despite the adversities 🙂 🙂
  3. Jeanine Tegg

  4. Sabine Stutzbach

    Thank-you for creating awareness and advancing research into women's health.

    U r amazing! Stay strong
  6. Josephine Tchia

    Keep fighting Alisha! You are amazing!
  7. Anonymous

  8. Tom Handforth

    Keep on rockin' in the free world.
  9. Jane Ludemann

    You are an incredible, beautiful soul Alisha
  10. Alyssa beaufoy

    For Alisha and all the inspirational work she is doing raising awareness and much needed funds. You are incredible!
  11. Frank Handforth

    Best wishes from ccccccold Canada. The treatments can be difficult, but people get through them. My very best thoughts and wishes go out to you. Lauren's Uncle (the overweight one)
  12. Anonymous

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  14. Helen Fraser

    Keep fighting and making research possible.
  15. Alice Vincent

  16. Aimee Walters

  17. Anonymous

    We all deserve a better future!