This week we’ve helped three families to raise awareness of unusual health conditions and treatments. We’re always proud to help champion a good cause, and a bit of national publicity can make all the difference to a campaign. We were particularly moved by Amanda’s story, told in memory of her daughter Abbie. You can read the full feature by clicking on the scan below.
MUM’S GRIEF: “WHY I LIED TO MY DYING GIRL”
Amanda, 45, was devastated when her daughter Abbie, six, was diagnosed with an extremely rare – and incurable – brain tumour. But she and her partner Ray painted on a smile and refused to tell their precious girl she was dying before she passed away in September 2011. Determined no parent should ever suffer the same agony, Amanda founded Abbie’s Army, which has already raised £100,000 for brain tumour research. The family’s story was told by Pick Me Up magazine. To donate to Abbie’s Army, please go to the website here.
MUM’S CONFESSION: “I GIVE MY KID CANNABIS”
Erin, 25, from the USA, has always believed in the healing power of cannabis – she even used it to cure morning sickness during her pregnancy. So when her seven-year-old daughter, Mykayla, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer last year she fed her cannabis capsules. Mykayla is doing well and Erin has no regrets about drugging her young daughter. Erin sold her story to New! magazine.
MY TEEN DAUGHTER AND I BEAT CANCER TOGETHER
Bridget, 50, thought things were finally looking up after finishing her treatment for breast cancer – but then another bombshell hit. Just days later, her daughter Laura, 17, noticed an unusual mole on her leg. Tests revealed it was skin cancer. Shocked, Bridget supported her teen daughter through her ordeal and in March 2012 the pair were both given the all clear – on the same day. Their story appears in Woman magazine.
Do you have a health story to share? Perhaps you suffer from a rare condition, or have turned to an unusual treatment? Or maybe you’ve been helped by a charity, and want to publicly say thanks? Get in touch today to find out how we can help.