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'Everybody deserves an equal chance to live'

By Victoria O'Hara

Sarah Henderson – a married mother-of-two – was diagnosed in 2011 with breast cancer.

After undergoing treatment the 39-year-old from Ballygowan, Co Down, was given the all-clear, but was told in February the cancer had returned and she had only between a year to two years to live.

She said: "I am 100% behind this campaign. The thought of people in Northern Ireland not being give the same opportunities, the same chance to live as people in England just shocks me.

"I had no idea that was the case, and I'm sure many others didn't either.

"There is such a need for a Cancer Drug Fund that can give people access to drugs, and hope.

"When you are hit with this kind of diagnosis you are knocked for six.

"You shouldn't have to feel that somebody is controlling this, playing with your life.

"You are in such a bad situation, you should feel that everybody is doing their best for you because you are important – not just a number."

Sarah, a mother to six-year-old Lewis and 10-year-old Jenna, added: "I wasn't aware at all about how the process works.

"I was just relying and trusting the doctors telling me all the information I needed and that I would receive the same treatment anyone else in the UK would.

"I'm on medication but have three courses of it and then that is it. They've told me there is nothing else they can do. But I want to know if there is anything else I can do to live.

"I've written to health trusts in England to see if there are any other drugs I can get. I know of other people going abroad and paying for treatment, I won't give up. Every single minute of the day it is hanging over you–when am I going to go down hill?

"I would do anything to live longer to be with my husband and children. Everybody deserves the equal chance, no matter where you live."

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