“The sooner we can work towards getting a cure to stop other people going through what I saw my parents go through the better.” - woman’s charity appeal after losing both parents to cancer.
15:05 20 June 2014
It’s hard to imagine losing both parents by the time you reach 34, but that’s the situation one woman found herself in.
Vicki Dack, now 37 and living in Taverham, feels that nobody should have to go through what her parents went through and is determined to give something back.
When she was just 15, Vicki’s father Bill Webber was diagnosed with bowel cancer and died as she was sitting her GCSE’s.
Two children and 17 years later, tragedy struck Vicki’s family a second time in 2010, when mum Teresa became ill.
She said: “Originally they thought mum had gallstones and then they found out it was pancreatic cancer.
“She had been backwards and forwards to the doctors who said there was nothing wrong, that it was nothing to worry about.
“Then they did another scan, they had missed the cancer and it had spread to her liver.”
After being discharged from the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Teresa was moved to the Priscilla Bacon Lodge for palliative care.
She died a week after being admitted and just two months after being diagnosed, with Vicki and her sister Rachel by her bedside.
Vicki said: “Everyone there is so experienced in dealing with cancer and they are fantastic to all the relatives.
“We were happy knowing she was in a specialist place who knew how to help her and my sister and I made sure there was always someone there with her”
With two children and a job at Taverham High School to fit around being with her mum, Vicki had to find a way to cope.
She said: “Looking back I have no idea how I did it, we went into autopilot and tried to be with mum as much as we could, but work was brilliant with me.”
It has been three years since Vicki lost her mum and with her youngest daughter now two years old, she said she finally felt it was time to do something positive.
She said: “Having lost both my parents to different types of cancer I wanted to do something that was going to be for the disease as a whole.
“I decided to skydive for Cancer Research as it’s something a bit different that I’d never normally do.
“The sooner we can work towards getting a cure to stop other people going through what I saw my parents go through the better.”
To sponsor Vicki’s skydive in memory of her parents on August 10, visit justgiving.com/vickidack