Though our lives may seem to be on hold at the moment, there is one thing that hasn’t stopped and that’s cancer. I lost my mum to cancer on the 29th June 2020. She was diagnosed with a secondary cancer in March/April 2020 and was regularly seen at the hospital a month prior to this. Unknown to us, she had a cancer before this, which she naturally must’ve got rid off. At first, we didn’t know the type of cancer she was diagnosed with, however we did know it was in her lymph nodes. During her diagnosis I seen lots of different names of cancers all with question marks at the end because they was unsure for awhile what type of cancer she actually had. The cancer my mum was officially diagnosed with was Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Between March and May she was at home, my birthday was on May 12th, and my mum the warrior she was singlehandedly got up, decorated the whole house, threw me a birthday party, she didn’t let anyone help her she wanted to do it herself. It meant the most to her that she threw me an amazing birthday party she wanted me to remember it forever, and I will never ever forget it. After my birthday she was to start radiotherapy sessions, she had radiotherapy once for half an hour, but couldn’t lie flat enough due to the cancer starting to grow together and around her spine. Shortly after she was took into St Ann’s. Whilst as St Ann’s she was scheduled a radiotherapy where she would have a epidural and try radiotherapy again. When they fitted her epidural it stopped her heart, she was resuscitated and they decided no further treatment would be done. She was then at St Ann’s till the end of June, where she remarried my dad on the 26th of June, and on the 29th she passed away early morning. Sadly due to the coronavirus, I was unable to visit my mum frequently, I only seen her 3 times, one of which she was getting married.
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