Terminally ill mum-of-two wants to drive children to school
A TERMINALLY-ill mother-of-two has told of her battle with cancer for the sake of her two young children.
Thirty-year-old Lucy Johns, from Weston Mill, was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.
It has now spread to her bones and liver and is classed as Stage Four Terminal, meaning there is no cure for Lucy's illness.
Lucy, who can't walk very far due to severe back pain caused by the cancer in her bones, is desperate to be able to drive to take her children to school.
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She has now made a heartfelt plea to the city's driving instructors to help her.
Lucy said: "I had been having a lot of back pain throughout my pregnancy with Lillie-Lou, to the point where I couldn't actually walk. But it wasn't until I went into hospital to give birth that I realised the severity of the pain.
"After having Lillie-Lou, who is now two-years-old, the doctors took a scan of my back which revealed two fractures, one which had been caused during labour and one older one.
"The scans also revealed a mass in my chest which turned out to be breast cancer that had spread to my bones and my liver. It was awful.
"I was kept in hospital for four weeks because I couldn't move. I couldn't even feed Lillie-Lou for the first two weeks because of the pain."
Lucy's husband Pete, who works full time at the Dockyard, was able to stay with Lucy and Lillie-Lou throughout her time in hospital.
Lucy said: "I can remember asking the doctor if I was going to die and he told me he didn't know. My cancer is incurable and I am classed as terminally ill but I am having treatment so I can live and be a mum for as long as possible. I'm living three months at a time, as I have a scan every three months. My most recent scan revealed that the cancer in my liver was active again so I'm back having chemotherapy."
Lucy's eldest child five-year-old Stanley, is beginning to get increasingly upset that his mum can't take him or pick him up from school and Lucy is desperate to be able to keep things as normal as possible for him.
She said: "It would mean everything to me to be able to drive, but we just haven't got the money for lessons. I can't even take the children to the park because I can't walk very far. Stanley keeps asking me why I can't take him to school – it would mean the world to him to see me standing at the school gates.
"Having to say no to him makes me feel awful. I don't want to tell him too much about my illness. He knows I've got a bad back and have to go to the hospital sometimes but there have been a few occasions where he won't go to school because he's scared I won't be there when he gets back.
"It would be a dream come true to be able to take him to school and to drive – I'd just be able to do so much more.
"I'm constantly relying on people to get me to hospital appointments and take me to the places I need to be, especially my Mum. I feel like a burden. My mum is always doing things for me. It would be nice to be able to spend some quality mother and daughter time together with her without her feeling like a taxi.
"I'd be really, really grateful if there is anyone out there who can help us. It would change my life."