Mum-of-2 dies days after son’s 1st birthday after ‘food intolerance’ was cancer
A “lovely” mum who was told she had a food intolerance died from terminal cancer two days after her son’s first birthday.
Claire Young, 42, lost her battle with bowel cancer in February, six months after she was diagnosed with the disease.
But in 2018, she was initially told her symptoms were being caused by a food intolerance.
Claire leaves behind her husband Bobby Young, 45, sons Bobby Jr, six, and Ollie, one, mum Angela Thompson, sister Joanne Gill and uncle Anthony Gallop.
Claire’s heartbroken sister Joanne said: “She was so loved. She was such a genuine, lovely person.
“She was just amazing. Her life was for those boys.
“She worked so hard and got a good career behind her so she could spend time with them and didn’t have to work full time.
“Ollie is going to be too young to remember her which is the sad thing but I think little Bobby has hopefully got all those memories with her.
“We did everything together, we were inseparable.
“We even had our boys at the same time. There’s two weeks between them which was amazing for them because they’re more like brothers.”
The mum, from Warrington, Cheshire, was finally diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in August last year, by which time it had already spread to her liver.
Claire’s final wish was for her friends and family to raise awareness of bowel cancer and misdiagnosis in young people.
This is something they are determined to do, starting with a sponsored walk on Sunday to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK.
More than 100 people will complete the socially-distanced walk from Claire’s home to Delamere Forest and back to raise money and awareness for Bowel Cancer UK. So far, nearly £10,000 has been raised.
Joanne added: “She said to us when she came home when her treatment wasn’t working ‘will you make sure you get involved in any way you can for my boys and raise awareness of what’s happened?’
“And ‘if it just stops one family going through what we’re going through that’s what’s important.’
“When she was diagnosed they said she wasn’t able to have any treatment and she literally had weeks to live which we found hard to believe.
“She looked fit and well and for someone to turn around and say you’re going to die in a few weeks, we were like ‘what?'”
After being referred to different doctors, Claire was given palliative chemotherapy and was later put on a trial for immunotherapy.
But when her condition deteriorated further in January, she was discharged from hospital and she spent the last eight days of her life at home with her family.
A Just Giving page set up to raise more money for the good cause.