As she began to do some research, she found a center in Istanbul called ChemoThemia which combines chemotherapy and heat treatments to break down the tumor. She decided to try it, and the results were miraculous.
“In 10 days, I went from being on six or seven different painkillers a day to not needing any,” she said. “It was amazing.”
But the treatments came at a hefty price. The first five sessions cost £80,000 and Nicola ran out of money before she could complete the treatments.
Devastated after seeing so much progress and healing, Nicola didn’t know what she was going to do. Then, help came to her from the most unlikely of places.
Nicola’s ex-husband, Andy Hitchen, had recently gotten remarried to a woman named Claire. When Claire heard about Nicola’s troubles, she knew she had to do something to help.