A woman who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer has been forced to find accommodation after her landlord sold her home during her treatment.
Emma Warriss, 35, found a lump on her breast in October 2016. Whilst undergoing chemotherapy, she has been forced to move house twice after both of her landlords decided to sell their properties.
Emma’s first landlord allowed Emma to stay in her flat in Bushey for six months so she had time to find another property. She then moved into another flat in the town, whose owner said they had no intention of selling. Four months later, she received a call saying the landlord will be selling the property.
She said: “It was all a rush of scans and more tests for the next couple of weeks. It has been exhausting to say the least, two loads of chemo, several surgery’s and moving house twice all while struggling to survive on very little money.
“Work have been very good, they gave me full pay for six months and six months half pay. I managed to stretch this out for the first round of treatment with working from home and holiday days but when I got the secondary cancer I was out of sick leave and holiday allowance.”
Emma underwent numerous surgeries at Charing Cross Hospital in London where surgeons were concerned about her cancer cells.
She said: “The operation was booked in for June 5. The thought of having both breasts removed, was devastating. I was very lucky, that at Charing Cross, they are one of the world leaders in a reconstruction that takes blood vessels and stomach fat to recreate your breasts.”
At this time, a lump on Emma’s groin came back.
She said: “It wasn’t showing up in any CT or MRI scans I had. They tried to brush me off with a diagnosis of an infection in the lymph node. Guess what, it turns out to be cancer. Stage 4 breast cancer, incurable.
“The tumours are gone but they will be back when my current treatment stops working. So this is the medical side; horrible side effects, misdiagnosis, wrong treatment, a lifetime of unnecessary scars, never being able to feed any baby I may have.”
Emma is asking for donations to help her get through her move and get herself back to work. To donate visit www.gofundme.com/4vvd63s
MyBusheyNews contacted the letting agency but they declined to comment