A woman who was diagnosed with cancer when her youngest daughter was just six months old has thanked the community for pulling together to help save her life.
Natalie Arseni, 46, of Boxmoor, inspired a huge fundraising campaign when her cancer began to spread.
So far more than £21,000 has been raised by a group of mums from St Rose’s Catholic Infants’ School – where Natalie’s daughters Sofia, six, and Anna, four, are pupils – and many other Dacorum schools and businesses have pledged support, too.
Natalie said: “I was devastated when I was diagnosed, but more devastation came when the cancer spread. I lived in an illusion that I would be cured. Somehow it takes something as horrific as this to bring out love in people. For that I am almost grateful to the cancer, to have witnessed so much love I never would have seen.”
Natalie, who has been able to enjoy a family holiday to France before re-starting chemotherapy this week, hopes to use the funds raised by Team Natalie to get ground-breaking treatment. Initial plans to seek help in America now look doubtful, but she is pursuing options in Hungary and the UK.
She said: “There are so many people who have helped me and I want to thank them – they have blessed my life. I am so grateful.”
Click here to visit Team Natalie’s Facebook page and find out how to donate.