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Kate Pistilli

Glitter Walk

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My story

[p][b][u]Glitter Walk – You can’t polish cancer, but you can roll it in glitter![/u][/b][/p][p]On Saturday 8th August at 12pm I will walk through St Ives town, from The Waits through Broadway to the Market Square, and then back to go down Bridge Street. ‘Well that’s not very far’, I hear you say.... well, no it’s not, but I will be 8 months pregnant and covered head to toe in glitter! [/p][p]I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 when I was just 28 years old. Naturally it turned my very happy little world upside down – who gets diagnosed with breast cancer so young?? I wanted to be partying and falling in love, not having cancer treatment and planning my own funeral all day long. I went on to have IVF treatment, a double mastectomy and reconstruction, 5 months of chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and various other pills and potions. I was given the all clear in May 2016, and felt overjoyed that I had succeeded in my mission to F*** Off Cancer. The slogan ‘FOC’ became a well-known phrase amongst my family and friends, and was indeed a mission statement and a way of life for me in the years to come. [/p][p]Filled with the constant state of anxiety that cancer had kindly left me with, but fuelled very much by a desire to live life and love people, I began carrying on with the rest of my life. I went on to enjoy lovely holidays, buy a house, get married to the most amazing man, and fall pregnant very quickly and very naturally whilst on my honeymoon! It was clear that my body was defying the odds in more ways than one.[/p][p]9 months after my daughter was born I fell pregnant again in December 2019. The year went on to be very bitter sweet – pregnant, but hidden in lockdown. More special time with my precious family, but tainted by the overwhelming fear that came with a lump I found in April 2020. The lump was said to be ‘probably benign’ but ‘clinically indeterminate’, and for several reasons the hospital didn’t want to biopsy for 6 months. As you can imagine, I argued against this. Anyone who has had cancer knows the agonising wait for results, and how damaging that is to your mental and physical health. I ended up having a lumpectomy under local anaesthetic in June 2020 at 25 weeks pregnant, and due to coronavirus restrictions I had to go alone and terrified. I had even more to lose this time. Not only did I have a beautiful family, I also had another person inside my body. Who knew what the stress was doing to the baby.[/p][p]A week later I got my results. Breast cancer. Again. How had it come back?? WHY?? Why won’t cancer do as I’d told it to those 4 years before, and just f*** off?? Why can’t I be like everyone else, and just enjoy my pregnancy? I then went on to have more surgery under general anaesthetic at 31 weeks pregnant, and thankfully the baby suffered no damage.[/p][p]Throughout my whole cancer experience I have had the invaluable support from the local charity HCCN – the Hunts Community Cancer Network. The team of nurses are amazing, and the charity’s volunteers offer all sorts of physical and emotional support to those going through cancer. They have been a lifeline to me. I have also been made aware of the charity Mummy’s Star since my second diagnosis, and it is the only charity in the country that specialises in supporting women diagnosed in pregnancy. I have had endless love and support from my family and friends, but no-one truly understands, for which I’m grateful – for their sake. Going through cancer is one of the loneliest things to experience, and it is even more isolating going through it whilst pregnant. Even I can’t get my head around it, so how can I expect anyone else to? [/p][p]Having the support from these two amazing charities has been crucial. I would love to be able to raise awareness of the seriousness of catching cancer early, and to give something back to the charities so that they can continue to offer support to other people in my position. Combining this desire with my belief that you can cover anything in glitter and make it better, I have had the somewhat crazy idea of walking through my hometown covered head to toe in glitter – whilst 8 months pregnant![/p][p]Do come along to cheer me on - maintaining social distancing of course 😊 bet you’ve never seen a glittered, walking walrus before have you? [/p][p]Lots of love and thanks, [/p][p]Kate X [/p]
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Aug 12, 2020

Anonymous

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 11, 2020

Anonymous

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Aug 11, 2020

Natalie W

Well done Kate! What an inspirational and courageous woman you are x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 11, 2020

Anne H. St Ives

All the very best for your treatment, you’re doing an amazing job!

£20.00

Aug 11, 2020

Floods Tavern

Truly Inspirational! It was lovely to talk with you earlier. Well done on a great achievement and inspiring the town! X

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 11, 2020

Lisa Cafferkey

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 11, 2020

Natalie Browne

With lots of love Natalie, Karen and Dave x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 10, 2020

Anonymous

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 10, 2020

Babs

Gutsy lady xxx

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Aug 10, 2020

Maggi

Saw you on bbc look east tonight....you looked fabulous!! You don’t know me, but i wanted to support you and your charities. Good luck.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid