The news of a pregnancy or a recent birth is an exciting time for all prospective and existing parents. It can, however, be cruelly interrupted by the news of a cancer diagnosis and the worry that this brings to both you and your wider family.
Mummy’s Star has been set up specifically to offer support if you find yourself in this situation and we hope that by providing comprehensive information and links in this section, it will help you to get the support you need, access services that are available to you but most importantly know that you are not alone when you are going through this.
The information contained here is reviewed on an ongoing basis and will also be added to as new information becomes known about cancer in pregnancy. Likewise, as we receive more enquiries, we will add to the FAQs section in order to be able to try and answer as many of your questions in one place as possible.
Please contact us here and we can discuss more specifically how we can support you and your family.
Thank you to Mai Mai who has raised a whopping £1,600 and counting to support her friend!'I am giving my liver a much-needed break by staying dry for the entire month of January, shock horror! The main reason I’m doing this is to raise money for a charity chosen by my close friend, Lucy Vaughan. When Lucy was in the latter stage of pregnancy with her second child, she discovered a lump in her breast. Her GP at the time thought it was just part of pregnancy, however upon examination it was diagnosed as cancer and that it had spread to the lymph nodes. This horrific news was followed by surgery to remove the lump and all lymph nodes and the difficult decision to deliver the baby prematurely. Baby Spencer is now doing very well but just days after her 40th birthday, Lucy started chemotherapy on New Year’s Eve.'
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2020, Kate was 25 weeks pregnant. She said, 'Having the support from charities has been crucial. I would love to be able to raise awareness of the seriousness of catching cancer early. I have had the somewhat crazy idea of walking through my hometown covered head to toe in glitter – whilst 8 months pregnant!' Kate completed her walk in August and raised a whopping £4,000 for Mummy's Star!
Luke’s wife was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while pregnant, 'Neither Janine nor I had heard of Mummy’s Star before Janine’s diagnosis, so to raise some awareness of the organisation, Janine and Jessica shaved my head in a Big Charity Haircut on Facebook Live. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, which includes £250 of match funding from Newcastle law firm Muckle LLP, we were able to raise over £800.'
After her 10k race in June was cancelled, Star Mum Kirsten decided to do a Virtual Run instead, raising £650 in the process! 'I only found one place to turn to where they truly understood the conflicting place in which I found myself and I am still am so very grateful for Mummy’s Star.'
3 of our lucky Mums were given the opportunity to climb the O2 as part of Experience Days Mother’s Day Event! Paula even raised an amazing £1,400 and said 'It was a fantastic experience, thank you for inviting me to participate. Certainly a highlight and a day I won’t forget. I’m so happy I could fundraise to help other families.'
Thank you to Experience Days for providing this wonderful Mother’s Day gift. x
Elodie and her little sister took their scooters for a trip 'to try to raise money for people who helped my Mummy. I want to help them look after other people who are poorly.' They raised a wonderful £632 and had lots of fun!
Nor longer able to meet for their usual team runs, this club upped their game to incorporate fun challenges into their training! Including drawing a star with their running app, collecting street names to spell MUMSTAR and a 21 mile challenge. Since Lock-down they have raised £1,450!
Throughout December, Will ran an amazing 500 miles, building up from 1 mile on the 1st, 2 miles on the 2nd to yes…31 miles on the 31st!! He brought the local community along too and raised an astonishing £5,000. What a Star!