A MOTHER-OF-SIX who has been given months to live is appealing for help in her final battle against cancer.
Maggie Thomas is determined to stay alive long enough for her youngest child, three-year-old Fintan, to reach the age where he can retain memories of her.
Incredibly, by using a mixture of conventional and alternative therapies, she has already exceeded the doctors’ expectations by more than 18 months,
“She is the bravest, most determined person I know,” said her husband David.
A self-employed photographer, he has already remortaged the family home and taken out numerous loans to pay for Maggie’s alternative treatments .
But now the family, all devout members of Bletchley’s All Saints Church, has reached rock-bottom.
With an inoperable tumour the size of a melon in Maggie’s liver, doctors have withdrawn all cancer-fighting medication.
There is just one last ditch treatment available – but it costs £30,000 from a private clinic in Germany. Called Hyperthermia, it involves exposing Maggie’s body tissue to high temperatures of up to 113F.
“Research has shown that high temperatures can damage, kill cancer cells and hopefully shrink tumours,” said David, who is 45.
Maggie, now 46, began her epic battle in January 2009, just months after the birth of little Fintan. At first the experienced mum, whose eldest child was 11 this week, thought the breast lump was a blocked milk duct.
Despite an immediate mastectomy, the cancer spread within months to her liver and her lungs.
Said David: “In March 2009, she was given 12 months to live. But Maggie being Maggie, she refused to accept it.”
The busy mum continued caring for her children, ferrying five of them daily to St Thomas Aquinas School.
Last year, as the cancer spread to her hips, ribs and spine, she wrote on her blog: “I feel incredibly well. Medically I am a disaster.”
In August though a scan confirmed the family’s worst fears: the liver tumour was too large to remove and there were numerous tumours in the lungs.
“I found her crying and asked what was wrong,” said David. “She was worried that Fintan wouldn’t remember her if she died now.... that will always stick in my mind.”
He has scraped together enough cash to drive Maggie to Germany for the first treatment this week.
Anybody who would like to help pay for more treatment can donate via the couple’s blog, www.maggieshope.co.uk.
Said David: “Our dream is that Maggie will be cured. But in reality any extra time will be a wonderful bonus.”