The online campaign of Natasha Sale for lowering the age of cervical screening is currently being continued by her female friends. Her cancer campaign is scheduled to be taken to the House of Commons today. The friends of the Devon mum who died of cervical cancer hope to lower the age of the screenings for cervical cancer.
Natasha Sale from Chudleigh, Devon previously launched an online campaign to petition the lowering of the screening age for cervical cancer from the age of 25 to 18, after having diagnosed with cervical cancer.
A mother of four, Sale initiated the petition in hope of raising awareness of cervical cancer and its symptoms and of preventing other women from going through the same disease that she had to go through.
In August 2018, the mother-of-four was given 12 to 15 months left to live. However, Sale lost her battle with the disease on December 28, 2018.
Sale was able to raise 78,000 signatures by herself. After her death, her family and friends have continued her campaign and got 100,000 signatures, making her petition passed to Parliament for consideration.
Currently, the petition has gained 165,000 signatures, so it will be debated today, January 28, at 4:30 pm, at the House of Commons.
Natasha’s Army member, Janine Cars, said it’s hard to believe how the petition got this far.
“Tash would be proud of us and would be bursting with pride about us taking her petition to parliament,” she said.
“The continued support we have had from every one had been amazing and we are so overwhelmed that we are going to the House of Commons today.
“Tash set up the campaign because she knew she couldn’t be helped but she wanted to help and support other women going through the same thing.
“She was an inspiration to us all and we are doing it for you Tash.”
Sale, at 28 years old, was first diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer in 2016. She underwent a total of 25 rounds of radiotherapy and 6 chemotherapy treatments before she was transferred to RD&E for internal radiotherapy.
Three months later, after all her treatments, doctors gave Sale and her family the devastating news about the cancer spreading to her lung and peritoneum. This meant the cancer was already incurable and so doctors gave her 2 to 3 years to live.
In February, Sale’s scan appeared positive, so the doctors decided to try to treat the cancer again and remove the tumour on her lung.
However, in June, Sale was rushed to the hospital with severe pain. As it appeared, the tumour on her lung had grown and the cancer had spread to her bladder, bowel and uterus.
Doctors gave Sale 12 to 15 months left to live. She started taking palliative chemotherapy to, at least, give her more time with her family. However, sadly, she passed away 6 days after her birthday.
On January 11 this year, Sale’s family and friends gathered at Ogwell Cemetery to say their final goodbyes to the brave cancer fighter.
After her death, Sale’s friends set up a Gofundme page to raise money and help her family financially.