A brave mum who "beat terminal cancer three times" has died from pneumonia after being struck down with "Aussie flu"-like symptoms. Melanie Coombs passed away aged 56 in hospital just days after Christmas, with her son Anthony Butler, his wife Jamie and his aunt at her bedside. She had spent years fighting to survive as doctors diagnosed her with terminal duodenal cancer twice and bowel cancer once, Anthony, 30, says. Each time, she was determined the disease wouldn't kill her. But last month, while "almost clear" of cancer for a third time, she contracted a virus - which her son believes may have been deadly Australian flu. Soon after, the beloved gran and mum developed pneumonia. And, despite remaining defiant in the face of death, she sadly passed away on December 28, three days after celebrating Christmas with her family. "She said, 'cancer won't kill me' - and she was right," Anthony told Mirror Online. "She beat terminal cancer three times. "She had such inner strength - to say … [Read more...] about Brave mum who beat terminal cancer THREE times dies from pneumonia after being struck down with Aussie flu-like symptoms
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MOURNERS remembered the life of Bradley Lowery at his funeral after he lost his courageous battle with neuroblastoma.The six-year-old, who passed away at home on July 7, had touched the nation's heart with his fight against the disease.The funeral was held at St Joseph’s R.C. Church in Blackhall Colliery, County Durham on Friday July 14.The service started at 11.15am and a private crematorium ceremony was held afterwards.The family said: “This is open to everyone who would like to come and celebrate Bradley’s life and pay their respects to show him how much he was loved.“Not everyone will fit in the church but they are having speakers for people to listen to the service outside and people can line the streets if they wish to do so.“[The family] will then be having an invite-only private ceremony at a crematorium."You can wear what ever you want for the funeral but the family and friends have chosen the theme cancer has no colours."So they are wearing … [Read more...] about When was Bradley Lowery’s funeral, how did the tragic tot die and how can you pay tribute to the Sunderland fan?
MOURNERS remembered the life of Bradley Lowery at his funeral after he lost his courageous battle with neuroblastoma.The six-year-old, who passed away at home on July 7, had touched the nation's heart with his fight against the disease.The funeral was held at St Joseph’s R.C. Church in Blackhall Colliery, County Durham on Friday July 14.The service started at 11.15am and a private crematorium ceremony was held afterwards.The family said: “This is open to everyone who would like to come and celebrate Bradley’s life and pay their respects to show him how much he was loved.“Not everyone will fit in the church but they are having speakers for people to listen to the service outside and people can line the streets if they wish to do so.“[The family] will then be having an invite-only private ceremony at a crematorium."You can wear what ever you want for the funeral but the family and friends have chosen the theme cancer has no colours."So they are wearing … [Read more...] about When was Bradley Lowery’s funeral, how did the tot die and how can you pay tribute to the little Sunderland fan?
THE five victims killed when a stolen car crashed into a tree in a scene of “complete carnage” have been named as a tearful vigil was held in their honour.Brothers Ellis and Elliott Thornton, aged 12 and 14, were both killed along with Darnell Harte, 15, Anthoney Armour, 28, and Robbie Meerun, 24, with tributes flowing for the tragic victims.A vigil was on held on Sunday evening for the young victims, with dozens of mourners gathering at the scene of the crash, in Stonegate Road, Leeds.Ellis and Elliott Thornton’s sister Ebony paid tribute to them on social media saying: “I don’t really know what to say. Every time I go to speak I cry. My head and my body is full of pain.“I wish I told you I love you everyday, I wish I didn’t shout, argue and fight with you, I wish you could just be with me right this second, I am so lost for words. I wish you were here.“How can you just be gone like a flick of a switch? I love you … [Read more...] about Faces of five killed after stolen car smashes into tree – including two young brothers, dad, 24-year-old man and schoolboy, 15
AN RAF officer who dedicated his final months to fundraising for the hospice where he was cared for has died of bowel cancer.Mike Shakesby, 29, leaves behind his 23-year-old wife, a two-year-old son and an 11-month-old daughter.He was told just after Christmas he had up to four months to live but died in a hospice near his home in Hull on Tuesday.He was surrounded by his devoted family when he passed away just days before his 30th birthday.Mike's bravery touched hearts after he launched an appeal to raise money for the hospice despite being terminally ill.His wife Adrienne said: "We are all so proud of the fight he gave."He was a loving family man and a devoted father. He is our hero and he will live on in the children."We will all miss him dearly."Mike was desperate to raise £10,000 for the hospice which cared for him in his final months and took part in a sponsored all-day gaming session from his bed.At the time of his death the appeal fund stood at just under £9,000.Mike, … [Read more...] about RAF officer dad-of-two dies of cancer aged 29 after dedicating his final months to charity fundraising
WE all have our personal reasons for loving the National Health Service.I remember the kindness NHS nurses in Essex showed to my father when he was dying of lung cancer.And I remember the care my wife received at the Homerton in East London when it seemed like she was going into premature labour.And I remember the Turkish doctor at the Royal Free caring for our young daughter when she fell from my shoulders and smashed her head against the pavement.These were all bleak, terrifying moments in my life when I felt like holding my head in my hands and weeping.But in our darkest hours, the NHS was there for my family.The NHS did everything it could for us. The doctors and nurses of the NHS — often acting above and beyond what their jobs demanded of them — treated my family with kindness, compassion and endless dedication.But today every corner of the NHS is in crisis. And it is much harder to love the NHS when just seeing your local GP is becoming the impossible dream.And … [Read more...] about Thank God my parents no longer need the NHS as our health service is in crisis and leaves the old to die in corridors
PRINCE William comforted a little girl whose dad died from cancer in a poignant conversation about losing his mother Princess Diana while meeting with bereaved children today.The Duke of Cambridge, who was at the Child Bereavement UK Centre in east London with Kate, told nine-year-old Aoife: "I lost my mummy when I was very young too".The couple helped the children make memory jars filled with layers of different coloured salts, each representing a memory of the loved one they've lost.Kate, 35, had joined her husband at the centre in her first official royal engagement of the year as the Stratford branch of the charity marked its first anniversary.She wore a £1,650 belted cobalt blue coat from British label Eponine, which offers a made-to-order service for private clients, and is the second time she's opted for the brand.The Royals also took part in a Family Support Group session, where the children can meet with other families and talk about their feelings and … [Read more...] about Prince William speaks movingly about Princess Diana’s death as he comforts girl, 9, whose dad died from cancer during royal visit to bereavement centre
AN evil dad has been found guilty of killing his two-month-old son who died from "extensive brain damage" as a result of being shaken.Tragic Eden Robinson died in hospital on November 11, 2014 after suffering 32 injuries in his eight weeks of life.A court heard how paramedics were called to the flat of his father Easton Robinson, 38, three days earlier and found the tot lying lifeless on his side.Doctors managed to restart the boy's heart 26 minutes after his collapse but due to the gravity of his injures, life support was later switched off.A post-mortem examination found the cause of Eden's death was a head injury which had been deliberately inflicted.Investigations also revealed that the fatal assault was part of a wider pattern of abuse, with a number of broken bones sustained in the weeks before his death.Examinations showed bleeding on the baby's brain consistent with a traumatic head injury, which experts say was from a result of shaking.Robinson, of St Anns, Nottingham, denied … [Read more...] about Evil who dad shook two-month-old son so hard he died from ‘extensive brain damage’ is caged
Got a problem? Write to Deidre here. Every problem gets a personal reply, usually within 24 hours weekdays. You can also private message on the DearDeidreOfficial Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter @deardeidre or write to Deidre Sanders, The Sun, London SE1 9GF (please enclose SAE).I HAD wonderful sex with a girl from work until my wife caught us in the act.My lover also ripped me off for £5,000 but I would get back with her in a heartbeat if I could.I am 38 and my wife is 36.We have four children, aged 16, 13, ten and four.I love them to bits and I love my wife but she has not wanted sex since she was last pregnant.I work for a chain of estate agents.A 22-year-old girl from another branch came to work with me to cover a holiday absence a couple of summers ago.We had a laugh and I really enjoyed the evening each week when our team would go out for a drink together.One night she told me she had the hots for me and I was delighted and a bit shocked that a girl of … [Read more...] about Hot young lover stole £5,000 from me, but I still want her back for wonderful sex
THE apple does not fall far from the tree for these stunning lookalikes, who often get mistaken for sisters rather than mums and daughters.The mums get chatted up by their girls’ male friends, asked for ID in pubs and have even been mistaken for pupils at school parents’ evenings.To celebrate Mothering Sunday, these marvellous mums and their gorgeous girls tell LYNSEY CLARKE and KIM WILLIS why they love looking so similar.GRAN Kim Barker, 45 and her daughter Alex, 24, from Tamworth, Staffs, are often chatted up by men who assume they are sisters.Kim is gran to Alex’s two-year-old daughter Orla, as well as Owyn, seven, and Eliza, two, from her eldest daughter, Leigh, 27.Fashion display stylist Kim, who is engaged to car garage manager Mark, 42, says:"People first started mistaking Alex and me for sisters when she was a teenager."At first I didn’t see it, but it became a confidence boost."When Alex turned 18, we started going to pubs and clubs together."One night … [Read more...] about We meet three mums who get mistaken as their daughters’ sister but can you tell the difference between these lookalikes?