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Norwich family looking forward to Christmas after 12-year-old beats cancer

PUBLISHED: 17:13 17 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:14 17 December 2017

Faith Constance, 12, who received an all clear earlier this year after having a tumour in her arm, with her mum and dad, Tequila and Ady Barnard. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Faith Constance, 12, who received an all clear earlier this year after having a tumour in her arm, with her mum and dad, Tequila and Ady Barnard. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Christmas is a time for loved ones to spend quality time together.

Faith Constance, 12, who received an all clear earlier this year after having a tumour in her arm. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYFaith Constance, 12, who received an all clear earlier this year after having a tumour in her arm. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

And one Norwich family is looking forward to this year’s festivities after a 12-year-old girl received the all-clear after being diagnosed with cancer.

Faith Constance, from Appleyard Crescent on the city’s Mile Cross Estate, was told in December 2016 by doctors she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma in her left arm after a lump was discovered.

Faith Constance, 12, who received an all clear earlier this year after having a tumour in her arm. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYFaith Constance, 12, who received an all clear earlier this year after having a tumour in her arm. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

It was removed that month and in February the Jane Austen College student received the good news that she had the all-clear.

Her mother, Tequila Barnard, 35, who is married to Ady Barnard, 43, said: “The timing of the diagnosis was terrible. When we were going through that there was always that niggling thought of the worst case scenario. I don’t think any of us would have coped with that.

“We are looking forward to this Christmas. It is nice to be able to enjoy Christmas. Last year we were in and out of hospital.

“You go into autopilot. We tried to keep things happy but we couldn’t have a laugh and a joke because you felt guilty.”

She added the family plan to spend Christmas Day and Boxing Day at their home with family and friends eating a traditional roast and playing board games.

Faith, who lives with two half-sisters and a half-brother, said she was excited about the upcoming festivities.

During her treatment, a family friend set-up a Facebook page for people to send messages of support to Faith.

In just a few weeks they received more than 2,000 cards from across the world, including Australia, America and the Philippines.

The youngster also received support from the Norwich community as well as gifts.

This included cookies from 2016 Great British Bake Off contestant Kate Barmby and a visit from Father Christmas on a sledge.

Mrs Barnard added: “It was nice to see people rally together. We still get stopped by people asking how Faith is.”

The 12-year-old remains healthy and said the support made her smile.

Her mother added the experience had put things into perspective and brought her family closer together.

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