Single Mother Spent Money To Bring Her Kids Into This World And Now, Due To A Terminal Illness, She Has To Raise Money To Ensure They Are Taken Care Of
October 2, 2018 16:16 By Fabiosa
The fear of every parent is leaving their children behind. The worry of every child is having to say a permanent goodbye to their parents.
Sam McConnell and her two kids are living out these fears after she was diagnosed with liver cancer.
What is it all about and how do I avoid it?
Liver cancer is the third most common type of cancer, with viral infections hepatitis B and C, being the leading cause of it.
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It is the second highest cause of cancer-related death with more than 800,000 deaths recorded yearly. It is also caused by liver cirrhosis. Other culprits that have been linked to the formation of this deadly ailment include smoking, obesity, and diabetes.
While one cannot totally escape this disease, there are measures that can be taken to reduce the possibility of having liver cancer. Some of these include the avoidance of hepatitis B and C, carcinogens, smoking, alcoholic, keeping fit, as well as treatment of hereditary diseases.
Sam McConnell’s story
Mother of two, Sam McConnell, was recently diagnosed with liver and pancreatic cancer and was given just a few weeks to live. The 46-year-old spent £12,000 on IVF to have her two beautiful children, now aged 5 and 2.
Her children are twins who were made from one embryo but born three years apart. Now, owing to the terminal nature of her illness, she has been forced to tell them that she won't be around for much longer.
According to the doctors, surgery and chemotherapy are no longer options due to the advanced nature of the ailment. A retired RAF officer, Sam has decided to try alternative measures, while spending as much time as she can with her kids.
Meanwhile, moves are being made to ensure her children will be taken care of in the event that she succumbs to the disease. Already, more than £14,000 has been raised via crowdfunding.
It is sad to see Sam and her daughters go through this, but they are not alone. Hopefully, Sam can help keep the hope alive like the mother-of-two, Lisa Wells.
Lisa Wells and her admirable optimism
Lisa Wells, at just 31, was diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer. She was given about 2 to 12 months to live but has refused to let that get her down.
Determined that her kids, two girls, will be taken care of if she passes, she started the #LisaArmyUk movement with some friends and supporters.
The movement organized a 12-mile march on Mother's day which was intended to raise money for her daughters, as well as Dorothy's house hospice.
Her shining optimism and tenacity recently earned her the inaugural Star Mom Award by HELLO!