Terminally ill mum of five from Lowestoft stays strong to support family
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When she was given the devastating news she had only two years to live, terminal cancer sufferer Sarah Wright's immediate concern was for the future of her family.
But today, despite her poor prognosis, the brave mother-of-five is staying positive by raising funds to help support her family after her death – while urging other mums to check for signs of the illness.
The 29-year-old, of Lowestoft, was first diagnosed in May 2015 at the age of 28 with triple-negative breast cancer while 24 weeks pregnant with her youngest child.
Shortly after diagnosis she underwent a mastectomy, followed by a c-section which saw the birth of her son Logan, before beginning chemotherapy treatment.
In February 2016 she was classed as being in remission.
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However in May, the discovery of a lump in her mastectomy scar and a subsequent CT scan showed the disease had spread to her lungs, liver and gullet- and was now incurable.
'First thing I thought when I found I had cancer was: 'I am going to die,'' she said.
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'That's what anyone thinks and it's a horrible feeling which can't be described.
'I do not know how, but I have stayed strong and I just try my best for the children as I won't be here for them when they are older and there is no way I can change that,' she explained.
Despite the devastating news, Mrs Wright has stayed strong to help her family's future.
In order to create memories and make most of the valuable time they have together, the family has been on various day-trips. She has even bought cards and presents for her children's 16th, 18th and 21st birthdays.
And she is also urging others to check for signs of the disease through her Mummy Versus Cancer campaign with the support of her husband Stuart Wright and children Rhianna, nine, Lacey, eight, Lucas, six, Connor, three, and Logan, one.
More than £2,000 has been donated towards the fund-raising for Sarah's Cancer Fund, with an event at The Hotel Victoria on November 26 set to raise further funds.
Mrs Wright said: 'If I can go knowing Stuart has the money to cover the funeral costs and the children will be ok I will have achieved what I wanted to do.
'Stuart is an amazing man who will continue to be a great father and Rhianna loves playing mum to her siblings so I know she will look after them when I am not here.'
Mr Wright, 33, added: 'It's the kind of woman she is, putting the kids above anything else. I am so proud of her and she is an inspiration to all.'
To read Mrs Wright's online blog and find out how to donate, visit www.mummyvscancer.com
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