THE husband of an Enniskillen woman who is fighting a rare form of cancer and has been in hospital for the past eight months is raising funds to bring her home.
Forty-three-year-old Veronica Earley from Kilmacormick in Enniskillen was diagnosed with Non Small Cell, Lung Cancer in February 2017.
It is a rare form of cancer with roughly, only 7% of lung cancer patients are diagnosed with this type of cancer.
Veronica began to receive chemotherapy treatment and suffered many side effects – one of which is that the body retains fluid which had massive impact on her limbs and joints.
In June 2018, Veronica underwent surgery after suffering from extreme difficulties with mobility and being left unable to walk.
The young woman had to stop having chemotherapy treatment to help with the healing, but after time infections set in causing set backs.
Six months after surgery, Veronica was transferred to the Ulster Hospital in Belfast but unfortunately, she has yet to rebuild the strength to walk again and is currently undergoing intense physiotherapy to increase her chances of walking again.
While she faces challenges everyday, Veronica has not received chemotherapy, and the cancerous tumour has not progressed and with Veronica recovering well she will soon be regarded as fit for home – but her home is not fit for her.
Veronica’s husband Michael, who is from Brookeborough, is now raising money to make the necessary home adjustments so she can leave hospital to the comfort of her own home.
Speaking to the Herald, Michael explained, “The money raised will be used for much needed work at home to create a new entrance, widen doorways and driveway.
“If enough money could be raised we will aim towards building a wet room and install a lift so Veronica can live in comfort.”
Michael has set up a fundrasing page on Facebook called ‘Bring Veronica Home’ and has already raised over £4,000.
“The response on Facebook has been amazing and has given Veronica a lift to know so many people, friends, family and strangers have shown so much support. We greatly appreciate and thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for their generosity towards us.”
A fund-raising event has also been organised for Friday March 8th in Cully’s bar (The Roadhouse) with a table quiz music and a raffle which local people and businesses have contributed towards.
To donate or for more information, search Bring Veronica Home on Facebook.
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