Please read and help this lady get the xmas no1
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Please read and help this lady get the xmas no1
This lady has terminal cancer and is aiming to get the xmas no1.
please please read these links and help her. her single is available for 79p on itunes......and is actually very good.
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Sorry but for me 'He ain't heavy' is the only song i will be buying! I do feel for the woman but Hillsborough is very close to my heart and has been for many many years.
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oops dont know why the links did not work, this is the daily express article. look for her name on itunes and the song is called smile.
THE WOMAN DYING TO BE NUMBER ONE THIS CHRISTMAS
Katherine Crowe recording her single at Abbey Rd
Monday December 17,2012
By Anna Pukas
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THIS Christmas may be Katherine Crowe's last and this extraordinary woman has one wish - to top the charts
KATHERINE CROWE has never had a hit record or performed in a mega venue. She has never auditioned for The X Factor. She is not even micro-famous. But at the weekend she overtook Adele on the iTunes download charts and is currently sitting at the top of the iTunes singer-songwriter charts having outsold Ed Sheeran.
After a lifetime of striving for recognition Katherine's dream of making a record in a first-class studio with some of the finest musicians in the country has come true. On December 2 she recorded the standard Smile at Abbey Road Studios and last Friday it became available to download. Her aim now is to have the Christmas No1 and then she could die happy.
The trouble is that Katherine is dying. She has inflammatory breast cancer, a rare and particularly aggressive form of the disease, and it is terminal because Katherine, 37, cannot have treatment. She cannot be treated in the conventional way with chemotherapy and radiotherapy because the treatment is more likely to kill her than the cancer.
She did not know this when she was first diagnosed in 2006, a few months after giving birth to Jack, her second child. She had just finished breastfeeding when she found a lump in her left breast. "It felt like two 50p pieces stuck together and I knew there was something not right," she recalls.
She had surgery to remove the lump in her breast and the lymph nodes in her armpit as the cancer had spread.
She then embarked on six cycles of chemotherapy which is where her problems really began.
"At my second session as I was injected with the chemo drugs I felt heat rising up from my feet through my whole body. My chest felt as if a truck had landed on it. I managed to say, 'Something's wrong here' and then I passed out."
Katherine had gone into severe anaphylactic shock because she was allergic to the chemotherapy drugs. Her organs were shutting down and she had to be given an adrenaline injection to bring her round. She decided to continue with chemo but the same thing happened after the sixth (and mercifully, last) session. She also contracted septicaemia and spent a week in an isolation ward.
Still, after the five weeks of radiotherapy which followed the chemotherapy she was pronounced in remission and got on with her life, making music and looking after her husband Andrew and their children Becky, 10 this week and Jack, now seven.
Four years later Katherine noticed that her left breast was looking unusually full. Various tests revealed nothing untoward but after a particularly painful mammogram her breast turned bright red. On March 1, 2010, Katherine was again told she had cancer.
It was not her original cancer returning but a new, fiercely aggressive strain - rare too, occurring in only one per cent of breast cancer cases.
"I'm very instinctive so I knew before anyone told me that it had just been waiting to flare up," says Katherine.
Again she embarked on chemotherapy with the same frightening results. "After three sessions I knew I couldn't go on because it would kill me." What then was the prognosis? "It was bleak," says Katherine. "The doctors said that even if they were able to throw everything at it the chances of survival were only 25 to 30 per cent."
In Katherine's position it would be impossible to resist asking yourself, how much bad luck can one person have? Katherine however has always resisted.
"I have a choice. I could curl up in a corner and be a teary mess or I can get on with living."
The daughter of a train driver and housewife Katherine was born in Beckenham, Kent, in April 1975 but moved to rural mid-Wales when she was 14. When she was eight her father Dave brought home an old pianola he had bought at an auction and Katherine was hooked. She learnt to play by ear. At 16 she went to Neath College to study for an HND in popular music and performing arts. She also met Andrew, who is two years older. They have been together since she was 16 but eventually married in 2002 when Katherine was expecting Becky.
After college came years of deadend jobs and living in a bus while she tried to break into the music business. She worked in pubs and cafes, picked daffodils, painted phone boxes and spent time on a kibbutz in Israel. With few job prospects in rural Wales, Katherine and Andrew took up a friend's suggestion to move to the Isle of Man, where they still live just outside Douglas, the capital.
In her 20s Katherine acquired a recording contract with an indie label. She released an album called Missionary Girl and made a video but with no promotion the record sank without trace. The experience left her feeling disillusioned.
"I kept doing gigs but they were few and far between and I realised that if I wanted to get my music out there I had to do it myself and with the internet I could." She has been releasing self-penned songs and covers and organising her own performances on the Isle of Man for the past 10 years, earning praise from the likes of Joan Armatrading and Beverley Craven. Last year the BBC used Katherine's version of Phil Collins's Another Day In Paradise on Sport Relief. "They told me that segment had prompted the biggest response from viewers," she says.
Knowing of Katherine's lifelong desire to record with an orchestra, the Abbey Road session was organised by her friend and fellow musician Christy DeHaven, whose partner is a record producer. They assembled the London Metropolitan Orchestra with conductor Andrew Brown - their services were paid for by donations - to record two songs, Katherine's own composition Next To Me and Smile, the Nat King Cole classic with words by Charlie Chaplin which she sings at the end of all her own shows.
COMPOSER Julian Kershaw, who has worked on the Harry Potter films, wrote a new score especially for Katherine. The result is a delicious rendition of the old favourite with Katherine's pure voice soaring over the lush orchestration.
"I know it's ambitious but I would love to clinch the Christmas No1 not just for the achievement but to raise some serious money to put into researching new ways of treating cancer that are less toxic and damaging to the body. It's not just about curing cancer. Sometimes it's about halting it and preserving quality of life. When I was diagnosed my quality of life was good and it still is and if my cancer could be held at the point it's at now, I could carry on quite happily."
Her approach to preparing her children is to be completely honest, supported by her ever-loving husband.
But the cancer has not halted and neither has Katherine. Her next project is a big concert in the 1,500-seater Villa Marina on the Isle of Man in either July or October.
"I'm not having scans because there's no point. If they can't treat it I don't need to know if the cancer has spread somewhere else. Some things are too scary to think about but for now I feel good and I will not waste the life I have worrying about dying. I choose to live."