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Hus­band’s trib­ute to wife af­ter her bat­tle with can­cer

MUCH-LOVED MUM HAD A BABY

- By KATIE DICK­IN­SON Re­porter katie.dick­in­son@ncj­me­dia.co.uk Celebrities · Facebook · Ashington

TU­MOUR THE SIZE OF

A HEART­BRO­KEN hus­band de­scribed his late wife as “the strong­est per­son you could ever know” af­ter her death from a rare form of can­cer.

Ash­ing­ton mum-of-three Natalie Kerr was di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease last year when doc­tors found a tu­mour the size of a baby in her body.

In July we re­ported how fam­ily and friends held an early Christ­mas for her, so she could cel­e­brate with her loved ones be­fore it was too late.

Now Natalie’s hus­band Johnny has con­firmed she took her last breath on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 25.

Post­ing on the Face­book page where Natalie chron­i­cled her jour­ney with can­cer, he wrote: “It ab­so­lutely pains us to let ev­ery­one know that my beau­ti­ful wife Natalie lost her bat­tle tonight at 8pm.

“She was the strong­est per­son you could know. And showed our kids that it’s not OK to give up ever. I would like to thank ev­ery­one for the kind­ness they showed us and the sup­port was amaz­ing. We have a mas­sive fu­ture road to go with­out her, and my kids will be dev­as­tated but we have each other.”

Johnny added: “I would also like to thank Natalie for the life we shared and the things we have done to­gether, I will make sure me and our kids never for­get the beau­ti­ful in­spi­ra­tion you were. I will love and miss you for­ever.” The lov­ing mum owned the Natalie Jays cafe in Ash­ing­ton, Northum­ber­land, but was forced to leave it due to ill­ness.

In May, she told The Chronicle how her ordeal be­gan in 2018, when she started to feel un­usu­ally un­well and gained three stones in six weeks. Natalie be­came very tired, her pe­ri­ods stopped, her blood pres­sure rose and her body swelled with wa­ter re­ten­tion from head to toe.

But Natalie, 35, said she was told it was “prob­a­bly due to early menopause or just stress”.

For around eight months she went back­wards and for­wards to the doc­tors, even­tu­ally be­ing di­ag­nosed with adrenal can­cer, one of the rarest forms. Natalie said: “I had the big­gest tu­mour they had ever seen – 14cm by 14cm at that point. This was Hal­loween night 2019 and in­stead of hav­ing happy times, I had to sit my chil­dren down and tell them I had can­cer.”

A month later, she went to the Free­man Hos­pi­tal, in New­cas­tle, for an op­er­a­tion to re­move the tu­mour, which had grown to 22cm by 22cm. The sur­geon told her this was the big­gest tu­mour he had ever seen – it was the size of a baby, around 7lb.

Natalie, mum to Ethan, 15, Jas­mine Lilly, 13, and Holly Rose, eight, un­der­went a 10-hour op­er­a­tion to re­move the tu­mour, right kid­ney, adrenal gland and gall­blad­der.

She man­aged to come home for Christ­mas and was placed on chemo­ther­apy tablets. This was fol­lowed by months of re­cov­ery and her learn­ing to walk and sit up freely.

Natalie re­turned for her six­month scan and was told the can­cer had re­turned in her liver and sur­round­ing area. She was also given the dev­as­tat­ing news that the can­cer was ter­mi­nal and could not be op­er­ated on.

At an early Christ­mas in July, she said: “I’m over­whelmed and thank­ful to ev­ery­body who’s done this and ev­ery­body knows how much I love them – and we are go­ing to have the best night of our lives.”

I would...like to thank Natalie for the life we shared and the things we have done to­gether

Johnny Kerr

 ??  ?? Natalie Kerr with her hus­band Johnny and chil­dren Ethan, Jas­mine and Holly and nephew Jack en­joy­ing a early Christ­mas meal at the Port­land in Blyth
Natalie Kerr with her hus­band Johnny and chil­dren Ethan, Jas­mine and Holly and nephew Jack en­joy­ing a early Christ­mas meal at the Port­land in Blyth
 ??  ?? Natalie Kerr, be­fore she fell ill
Natalie Kerr, be­fore she fell ill

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