‘Med­i­cal hell’ mum is now an award win­ner

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX SCAPENS

AMUM who has beaten can­cer, spent seven years in a wheel­chair and had her bro­ken hip re­peat­edly re­built has be­come an award-win­ning weight loss cham­pion.

Ann-Marie Wil­liams, 42, of Hurds­field, has been given the Ex­cel­lent Ser­vice Award for her role as a con­sul­tant for Cam­bridge Weight Plan.

She orig­i­nally joined in 2014 to bat­tle weight gain as­so­ci­ated with 15 years of ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain and ‘med­i­cal hell’.

It be­gan in 1999 when she was di­ag­nosed with bone can­cer, which af­ter ra­dio and chemo­ther­apy by 2004 she was clear of - de­spite her orig­i­nal di­ag­no­sis be­ing ter­mi­nal.

But the treat­ment had se­verely dam­aged her bones and a hip re­place­ment in 2003 was the first of many op­er­a­tions.

The birth of An­n­Marie’s third child by c-sec­tion meant her hip socket needed re­build­ing and was the be­gin­ning of seven years need­ing to use a wheel­chair.

A fur­ther op­er­a­tion came in 2016, af­ter she broke her fe­mur in a fall, and then two more this year - the first to fit a painre­liev­ing ti­ta­nium pros­thetic, the sec­ond to re­fit it as an er­ror had been made first time.

Ann-Marie, of Chad­wick Ter­race, said: “Each surgery kind of helped a bit but to be in a wheel­chair was dev­as­tat­ing, it turns your life and your fam­ily’s life up­side down.

“It has been 19 years of hell, it got to the point you think noth­ing else can go wrong, but then it does.

“But when you have chil­dren and a busi­ness you can’t curl up and die. I am one of those peo­ple who is quite pos­i­tive and bloody-minded.”

Upon join­ing the Cam­bridge weight loss group as a client, Ann-Marie - who weighed 14st - lost 3st in a year.

Her mo­bil­ity in­creased and, with the help of a stick, she was able to walk

‘It has been 19 years of hell, it got to the point you think noth­ing else can go wrong, but then it does’

hold­ing her daugh­ter Is­abelle’s hand for the first time.

She be­came a con­sul­tant, who gives one-to-one help, and has even called clients to give sup­port while in a hos­pi­tal high de­pen­dency unit.

This com­mit­ment saw her nom­i­nated for the award, which was given at a con­fer­ence in Telford.

Ann-Marie, who lives with hus­band An­drew, 44, and has two sons, Robert, 23, and Shaun, 19, as well as Is­abelle, 11, now man­ages her pain with med­i­ca­tion and can walk with a stick.

She said: “I am ab­so­lutely over­joyed to get this award for do­ing what to me is just sup­port­ing peo­ple, it means ev­ery­thing to me.

“They have helped me keep go­ing and it is the best job in the world.”

Ann-Marie Wil­liams with her award

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