A single mother with cancer who is ‘petrified of dying’ has made her sons promise to look after each other. Tanya Davies, 32, was previously diagnosed with bowel cancer but received the all clear three months ago. But last week the Asda worker, who has two boys Jack, aged eight, and Ben, 14, was given the heartbreaking news that the disease had spread around her body. Tanya Davies made her sons promise to look after each other (Picture: NCJ Media) ‘I just asked them to promise to always look after each other if anything ever happened to me,’ Tanya said.
She added: ‘I’m worried about what could happen to my kids if anything does happen. I just want to know they will be OK.’ Tanya, from Walker, Newcastle, first went to the doctors with intense stomach pains – but X-rays, scans and numerous blood tests all showed nothing was wrong.
‘My belly was swollen like I was nine months pregnant,’ she said. ‘I was diagnosed with a stomach cyst, but a cyst wouldn’t stop you going to the toilet. The more the days would go on, the more pain I was in.’ Eventually she pushed to go under the knife and a surgeon discovered a tumour behind her bowel. Bowel cancer, which affects 40,000 Brits in the UK, is most commonly found in older men and is considered rare in young women.
Tanya, who described her case as ‘one-in-million’, then went through 17 rounds of chemo and operations to treat the disease. She was told just before Christmas that the cancer was gone, but it has since spread to her pelvis and liver. ‘The medical staff have told me how gutted they are,’ she said. ‘I’m hoping for treatment, and to start chemo but they’ve stopped looking for a cure. I’m petrified of dying.’
In the meantime, the mum-of-two is focusing on ‘making memories’ with her children. ‘Jack said to me you have beat it once, you will beat it twice,’ she said. The mum-of-two’s friends launched a crowdfunding page to raise money for a family holiday and it quickly smashed its £500 target. ‘She’s just a lovely person, quiet and kind who would never really expect anything from anyone,’ said friend Tania Armstrong. ‘It is the only way we know how to help, and we just want to make it easier for her while she’s suffering.’
Taken from the Metro online