Heartbroken Sheerness’s mother thought she had IBS, but only has months to live


A heartbroken mom is hoping private cancer treatment will prolong her life, after doctors tell her she only has months to live. Sue Griffiths, 56, saw her world turned upside down in 2019 when it was confirmed that an earlier diagnosis of IBS was in fact an aggressive form of bowel cancer.

Symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) – stomach cramps and a change in bowel habits – are similar to early indicators of cancer.

After undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatments, Sue and her family were shocked in August when she was told her condition was now terminal.

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With a few months to go, her husband Martin, 52, launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for private treatment.

The Griffiths family lives in Sheerness where Martin works on the docks as a motor transport driver.

The couple, who have five children, were planning a retirement together before Sue’s illness sorely ruined their plans.

After treatment with the NHS, and as a result, he was told there was nothing more that could be done to save Sue’s life, Martin says he feels his wife has been ” forgotten ”.

“She was struck off, as if that was it”

Sue had finished her chemotherapy treatment when she learned that her cancer was terminal

He said: “We were told that Sue’s diagnosis was terminal almost a month ago.

“She was forgotten during the pandemic.

“She finished her last round of chemotherapy and was written off like that.

“We had no help, we only started getting help recently, last week, when I called 111. I was desperate.

“Now that social services are involved, things have started to move a bit. ”

According to Martin, the pandemic hasn’t helped matters for Sue, with the NHS diverting resources to the frontline during the height of the peak.

Asking the community for help was one step Martin took as he fears his wife will not be here in three months.

He said, “If Sue doesn’t get some help now, she won’t be here in three months. She has been gone for two months without treatment.

‘We can’t tell our autistic son’

Accepting a cancer diagnosis is difficult for anyone, but for the Griffiths it has been especially difficult as they fear their 14-year-old son with autism will not understand.

They made the decision not to tell her the full impact of what is happening on her mother’s health.

Martin explained, “We are devastated as a family. You can’t tell my 14 year old.

“He’s autistic and wouldn’t understand.

“He knows something’s going on, sometimes he sees us cry in the garden on our days off and we’ll have to pretend there’s something in our eyes. “

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Seeing no other option but to seek private care, Martin has launched a fundraising appeal for £ 20,000.

It’s for Sue to see a private oncologist in Cambridge.

While the new treatment won’t change Sue’s diagnosis, there’s a chance it will give her more time with her family.

Martin said, “The hope is that the private oncologist treatment will extend Sue’s life by a few years.

“It’s not a cure, but we’ll do whatever we can to keep it longer.

“Sue finally gets the idea. She had hope through fundraising. It’s amazing the support we got.

If you would like to donate to Martin’s fundraiser, you can do so here.


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