In February, Lia’s family received the devastating news that her mum, Je-Anne, had an aggressive form of terminal lung cancer. The cancer has also spread to her bones, making normal daily tasks often impossible to do. Je-Anne is only 26 and as a non smoker her diagnosis is disappointing beyond belief.
Sadly, exactly a week after Je-Anne was diagnosed, Lia was also diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the blood. She had been experiencing pain in her feet but had been reassured that it was just tissue damage. When the pain didn't go, mum insisted that she was tested further and a blood test revealed the shocking news that Lia had Leukaemia. Lia is now in the throws of her own chemotherapy (and is still smiling!) but her prognosis is good and it is hoped that she will make a full recovery. The bitter sweet reality of the situation is that mum may not be here to see that happen.
Mum has shown real determination and courage, with her family and their future together at the forefront of her mind. Like most of us, she has dreams and aspirations for her family that she would love to be a reality, but she continues to worry about finances. How will her family pay for her funeral? How will her partner afford to look after the girls?
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