‘Medical hell’ mum is now an award winner
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