Join RTS Futures for an exclusive screening of episode 3 from the brand-new series of Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over, followed by a Q&A with Stacey Dooley, Executive Producer, Alice Bowden and Head of Factual and Factual Entertainment for UKTV, Hilary Rosen.
Hit series Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over returned to W for a special three-part series on 11th April, and RTS Futures are holding a special screening of the powerful third episode titled: Mum Fighting the Clock
This episode sees award-winning documentary maker, Stacey Dooley, spend time with Jemma McGowan and her family.
Mum Fighting the Clock - In August 2016, Jemma was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was pregnant with her first child. She was told that it was a stage one grade tumour and after it was removed (when she was 17 weeks pregnant), Jemma was able to give birth to her daughter. She was told that there was no real prospect of it coming back.
However, on 7th January 2021, after getting pregnant with her third child, Jemma discovered a lump on her body. She questioned it with her midwife, and, on 11th January, Jemma was fast tracked for an MRI scan and later admitted to hospital. This was to allow her to receive steroid treatment to get her baby ready for an early planned C section and, on 25th January, this took place along with vaginal surgery. She also had a full body CT and MRI scan and when her baby was only 24 hours old, Jemma was told the heart-breaking news that her cancer had returned - this time with a tumour in her left lung and multiple tumours in her pelvic and pubic bones. This was now incurable, extremely unusual, and very aggressive.
Instead of just accepting her fate, Jemma started to research as much as possible about ovarian cancer. She found a controversial clinic in Mexico that is offering alternative treatments, but the treatment and trip would cost £90,000. After sharing her story on Instagram, Jemma started a 'GoFundMe' page and within 24 hours she had exceeded her target, with her story striking a chord with many supporters.
Please note that this is a very sensitive topic and the episode features moments that some viewers may find distressing.
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