Young mum hit by cancer has an ‘army’ of sup­port

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AMUM who was di­ag­nosed with bowel cancer says she has formed her ‘army’ and is pre­par­ing to go into bat­tle.

Kelly Smith, 28, who is mum of three-year-old Finn­ley, was di­ag­nosed with stage four bowel cancer in April, which means the cancer had spread to her liver and lymph nodes.

But Kelly says she is de­ter­mined to fight and share her story to raise aware­ness of the dis­ease, which is typ­i­cally di­ag­nosed in older pa­tients.

Kelly, who lives with part­ner Matthew De­largy and is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing chemo­ther­apy for three days ev­ery fort­night, said: “This is def­i­nitely a bat­tle for me, it’s some­thing that’s in­vaded my body and I need to fight it.

“I’m not go­ing any­where with­out one hell of a fight.”

She added: “When I heard the words ‘ you’ve got cancer’ the first thing I thought was ‘am I go­ing to die?’ But very quickly my thoughts turn to Matthew and Finn­ley, my mum and my friends. I was just more wor­ried about ev­ery­body else.

“But they have been my lit­tle army – Kelly’s Army – and they have been fan­tas­tic. We’ve got an amaz­ing net­work around us, we couldn’t have asked for more. I don’t know what I would do with­out them. As aw­ful as cancer is, it has brought us all closer to­gether.”

Kelly, of New Hall Street, had been suf­fer­ing from sick­ness for three months, with nu­mer­ous trips to the doc­tors and Mac­cles­field Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency de­part­ment be­fore a CT scan found a block­age in her bowel.

Fur­ther tests then re­vealed she had cancer, and in May she had an op­er­a­tion to re­move the mass. Now she is un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy to tackle the last of the cancer in the liver.

Kelly, who joined Bowel Cancer UK’s cam­paign ‘Never Too Young’ to raise aware­ness of the dis­ease in the un­der 50s, added: “I wouldn’t wish this on any­body, it’s hard work.

“I don’t know what I could have done dif­fer­ently, I went to the doc­tor and I did what I could, but if I can just help one per­son by shar­ing my story I will be happy.

“The av­er­age age to have bowel cancer is 69, so no one re­ally thought it would be that. That’s why I want to raise aware­ness.”

She added: “For me it’s def­i­nitely changed my out­look. I want to work for Macmil­lan and Bowel Cancer UK – I want to do some­thing to help peo­ple.”

Kelly Smith

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