“I was trying to be so positive and they said that I was one of only a few people with this cancer type.
“I started on immunotherapy and the hope was that it would shrink the tumours in the lungs. I asked if was incurable and they said yes, and Ankush asked if that meant terminal too, and they said yes. I can’t really remember that conversation too much as it was a blur.”
In December 2021, Geeta was told that the treatment wasn’t working, and the tumour had grown in her lungs, affecting her breathing.
“I was told about a trial at the Royal Marsden but doctors said that one of the tumours was near a main artery so nothing could be done. They were talking about palliative care and I was given morphine for pain.
Originally when I was diagnosed, I did not think I would die, but at that time it was so hard to be told they could not do any more. I had to think about everything and was crying when I made a will. There was so much to think about.”
Geeta is now on a clinical trial, in which she takes chemotherapy drugs in tablet form. So far, she has seen a big difference.
“There are side-effects - my feet and hands hurt and I can’t keep food down, but it has made a big difference.
“I have an MRI every six weeks. I go down to the Royal Marsden and have scan in the morning, then results in the afternoon to check whether the cancer is still responding to the treatment so that I can keep going with it.
“Things are still hard. I had always wanted to have children and I don’t think I will ever be able to. Everyone else I know seems to be having children or getting on with work. I am not working at the moment as I am not strong enough. It is hard seeing everyone else get on with things – like at work when they took new team photos without me in them.
“My old life has changed and I have to live a new life. I have had to look for new hobbies but sometimes I am too tired to do those. Earlier this year, I did have to take a break from social media as it was all too much, but I have now set up a new account for me to talk about it – it’s @sarcomaandme on Instagram and it means I can talk more freely about things.”