28-year-old breast cancer sufferer from Sprowston thanks mum for sticking by her side

Recovering from cancer, Claire Schoenherr with children Chloe and Edward and her supportive mother,

Recovering from cancer, Claire Schoenherr with children Chloe and Edward and her supportive mother, Kay, who has helped her through the hard times.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Sometimes only mum will do.

Recovering from cancer, Claire Schoenherr with her supportive mother Kay who has helped her through

Recovering from cancer, Claire Schoenherr with her supportive mother Kay who has helped her through the hard times.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

She's there when you scrape your knee and school right through to when you're crying over another teen heartbreak.

And Kay Syer deserves extra praise this Mother's Day because she has been by her daughter's side during the toughest time imaginable.

At just 28, her daughter Claire Schoenherr, of Sprowston, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Three days before she was diagnosed, Mrs Schoenherr was sat in the waiting room ready to meet her doctor, thinking she would be wasting their time.


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She even thought she might be imagining the lump she had discovered on her breast.

And when Mrs Schoenherr was referred to the hospital she was still trying to understand how serious her situation was.

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But on June 27, with her mother close by her side, she was told the devastating news that was to alter the course of her life.

Mrs Schoenherr, who remembered the day as a thundery one, said: 'When I first found out, I wouldn't have wanted anyone else with me.

'We have always been close because we are a really close family. This experience has made me appreciate my mum and my family more.'

Mrs Schoenher said it wasn't the lump that made her go to the doctors, it was the persistent pain she felt.

As soon as she had been to the doctors the pain went.

She said it was like her body was trying to tell her something.

Her mother Mrs Syer said: 'They always say as a mother you never stop worrying and I have never stopped worrying. I felt like I just wanted to scream when I heard. But I had to be strong. Afterwards I couldn't stop crying.'

The 56-year-old said she had her first mammogram just two weeks before Mrs Schoenherr was diagnosed and remembered thinking that it should have been her not her daughter who was given the news.

Mrs Schoenherr said she remembered telling her mother 'at least it wasn't my kids.'.

This year, Mrs Schoenherr, who is now in remission, said she is going to have a party on June 27 to remember the day as a happier one.

She said her mother continues to know her inside out because she understands that it's not all over and that she still suffers with the side effects of her treatment.

The mother of two said: 'People just assume I am alright now. But its not really all over. Out of everybody my mum gets that. She still rings me up and says she can look after the children because I am tired.'

Mrs Syer, of Salhouse, added: 'We are much more positive and it's nice to let other young people know it can happen. Especially when it comes so close to you and to your daughter.'

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