A brave mother has found she has only a few years left to live after a shock cancer diagnosis. Hannah Hocking received terrible news four years ago when she was pregnant, she was told she had cancer in her leg.
After Hannah gave birth, surgeons were able to remove the cancer from her shin. Unfortunately, the cancer spread, so she also had to have her lymph nodes removed from her inguinal gland.
Hannah had been in remission since that operation, but received the devastating update in September 2021. She was diagnosed with melanoma, which is unfortunately terminal, PlymouthLive reports.
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A fundraiser has now been set up to help her create special memories with her loved ones. They also help pay for nutritional supplements such as kale powder and manuka honey, which Hannah says help her stay alive.
The 33-year-old, who has four young sons, said she suffered from chronic pain and had been bedridden for months and had only just regained her mobility. Due to the pain, she was referred to Rowcroft Hospice in Torquay by doctors and stayed there for two months where they helped her learn to walk again.
The fundraiser was set up by her loving partner of 10 years, Lee Paddock, who said he wanted to fulfill Hannah’s wish to spend the rest of her life creating happy memories with her four beautiful sons , aged four, seven, 14 and 16, come true.
Hannah would like to go abroad for the first time with her family, take driving lessons in order to get a mobility car for the family and continue to use expensive supplements at home because she needs them daily. Hannah told PlymouthLive: “I had cancer four years ago in my shin when I was pregnant.
“He grew up when I was pregnant and after giving birth I had a large excision on my leg to get rid of the cancer. I also had lymph nodes removed in my groin where it had spread.
“I was the one who found the lump and acted quickly on it. I went to all my hospital appointments every week and suffered from chronic pain for over a month at home with my kids. They ended up putting me in hospice to manage my pain because it was so bad.
She added: “I take 30 tablets a day. I have to take 19 in the evening and 12 in the morning. Six of them being huge chemo pills, there are nine chemo pills in the evening and three in the morning – that’s a lot.
“I’m fit, healthy, I don’t smoke. I quit drinking years ago, changed my life and got a job, and then this cancer appeared. It completely destroyed my life and I have four children.
A total of £770 was raised through the GoFundMe page and it is hoped that £10,000 will be raised in total, to support Hannah’s final wishes for her family. Speaking about fundraising, Hannah said, “I want to fundraise to spend, maybe my last vacation, with all my kids.
“It will actually be our first vacation abroad. I want to go away for a few weeks because it will be the only vacation we can have. I don’t want to have to worry about money when we are on vacation and I want their provide the best vacation they have had.I hope to live for more than two years on my home medication supplements.
“I did a lot of research and many terminal cancer patients are still alive 10 years later because they took home medicine with greens.”
Hannah said she uses kale powder for a daily drink, vitamins, manuka honey and pomegranate – which is an antioxidant – and when she had a CT scan she said the doctor was impressed by how the cancer treatment had worked. She thinks the home supplements may have helped her progress and wants to continue taking them.
One product Hannah mentioned was manuka honey, which she says she uses daily and can probably only get about five glasses from a jar. She said that due to the cost of home supplements, such as honey, she would like to be able to use the funds raised for this purpose.
“Every penny helps and if anyone can contribute – even if it’s £2 each – that’s something. I don’t like asking for things, but I really have no other choice and have to taking the kids on vacation. It will also help me pay for all the things I need because this manuka honey is a powerful antioxidant but expensive and only a small jar.”
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