Karen Jane Ingram was born on the 18th April 1968 to Janet and Dennis. A beloved mother of two, daughter, sister and aunt who lived in Portsmouth.
Karen's battle against Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma started in July 2007 when she began to experience stomach pains. Tragically she was initially misdiagnosed with a stomach ulcer, and so did not discover she had the disease for a further two months.
She underwent a lifesaving operation when her bowel perforated on her return home from Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth where she was being treated, after two gruelling five-day bouts of chemotherapy. But she pulled through after surgeons removed two tumours the size of lemons from her bowel.
Karen restarted chemotherapy in February 2008 and was delighted when, during a break in treatment, her family organised a surprise trip for her to Disneyland Paris to celebrate her 40th birthday. Karen was really happy, she was so surprised and didn't have a clue about the trip. Although it was clear she was struggling a bit and got tired easily, she kept a brave face for her two young sons and definitely enjoyed herself and the family were hopeful that she was going to be all right.
But on her return scans showed the cancer had returned. Her bowel perforated a second time and surgeons said there was nothing more they could do.
Karen died at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth in the early hours of Sunday 13th July 2008, she was 40 years old.
Throughout Karen's life, she was always seen to be a loving, caring individual who was constantly doing things for other people. This Foundation has been established to keep Karen's memory alive and continue her legacy in the spirit of helping others and if possible prevent other families going through the same situation.
Please consider making a donation below and help prevent other people suffering from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Your donation will go towards new clinical cancer trials.
Karen Jane Ingram
1968 - 2008