Brave cancer activist Lynsey Bennett talks about new hope for specialist German treatment

Courageous cancer activist Lynsey Bennett has spoken of the impact she had on her life five years ago, and being encouraged after a recent Zoom call with a specialist German clinic.

Taking to Instagram to post photos of herself taken just a month before her diagnosis in January 2017, the Longford woman revealed she was still hopeful after speaking to a doctor at a German medical centre.

Posting the photos, which show Lynsey smiling at the camera and dressed for parties five years ago, she wrote: ‘Does this really make you think what someone with cancer looks like?’

Last year Lynsey settled a case with the HSE and a lab involved in her failed cancer diagnosis.

She had pap smears since 2010, but the cancer wasn’t detected until 2017.

Then, in November 2020, Lynsey learned she had less than 12 months to live. She then traveled to Mexico for treatment, where the tumors were greatly reduced.

The mother-of-two was started on the immunotherapeutic drug Pembrolizumab (Pembro), but later found the drug wasn’t working as she had hoped and decided she would try returning to Mexico for further treatment.

However, her trips to Mexico would cost more than €310,000 and she would have to travel by air ambulance. Lynsey told her followers earlier this month that she couldn’t justify the price tag.

In a statement on a GoFundMe page set up by a friend, Ms Bennett said she was looking for clinics in Germany that could extend her quality of life, adding that she was “devastated” to have to cancel plans to receive treatment at the Mexico. .

Now she has revealed she was hopeful after hearing that treatment at the German center would not cost as much as she had previously thought.

She wrote: ‘I’m even more in love with the clinic in Germany… finally got the bill last week and the cost of my personal treatment plan after talking with their doctor on zoom… and that’s half priced from what I thought it was going to be (after seeing a negative review from an idiot I was worried), but it’s around €38,000 for 4 weeks. And plus the mark of €10,000 per week instead of €20,000 per week, it means that if I have a good result, that is to say: it brings things back to stability like in Mexico, then coming back every two months for a week will be much more durable.

Speaking of the early days of her diagnosis, Lynsey wrote: ‘Looking at those old photos from just a month before I was told, does it really make you think what someone with cancer looks like?’ You really can’t judge a book by its cover. You also cannot compare one cancer patient to another.

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Lynsey Bennett, CervicalCheck Activist

Lynsey Bennett, CervicalCheck Activist

‘To anyone who isn’t me I looked like a girl who was out, for a Christmas work party, birthdays, Stephens night etc… you wouldn’t know the bleeding I’d wake up to the next morning From nowhere .’

She added: “I personally knew when I looked in the mirror that there was no sparkle in my eyes, I had to take a nap before I could even go outside, I was crying going up the stairs, my patience was short, I was quick, I knew that my head and my body were collapsing, but I didn’t understand why.

“Even now I know people say how beautiful I am, I love to hear it because it gives me hope that all the hard work and sacrifices I make to try (to) maintain the way which I am… 14 months ago I was given 6-8 months… I shouldn’t be alive let alone as mobile as I am.

To donate to the GoFundMe page created to help fund Lynsey’s cancer battle, visit https://gofund.me/52590d7b

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