A MUM given just two years to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer has told of her heartbreak at leaving her daughter orphaned.
Vicky Fenn worries for her eight-year-old daughter, Roxy, after their family were struck by a series of tragedies.
www.justgiving.com Vicky Fenn has told of her heartbreak at leaving her daughter to grow up alone after her cancer diagnosis
Roxy’s dad, Bob, passed away in his sleep aged 55 in 2015 following several problems with his heart and triple bypass surgery. Roxy was just five at the time.
But their streak of bad luck continued when just one year later when 38-year-old Vicky discovered a lump in her breast.
Just 36 at the time she was distraught after being diagnosed with stage 3 grade 3 invasive lobular triple negative breast cancer.
And now, after being told the condition is terminal, she faces the prospect of little Roxy growing up without either of her parents.
www.justgiving.com The 38-year-old was diagnosed with terminal cancer just a year after her partner, Bob, passed away
She told Mirror Online: “I’ve not even lost a parent. And now she’s facing the prospect of losing both her mummy and daddy. I’m not the unlucky one, she is.
“My dad too, he’s heartbroken. It’s not the way round it’s supposed to happen for him.”
Vicky, from Benfleet, Essex, found the lump in her breast in July 2016 almost a year to the day after her partner passed away.
She had it checked out the following month and was sent for a mammogram followed by an ultrasound scan and a biopsy.
Then a doctor revealed the heart-breaking news that she had breast cancer.
Vicky was initially told that while her type of cancer was often only found in the terminal stage, hers wasn’t as advanced, and could well be curable.
But within weeks, the disease had spread to her bones.
www.justgiving.com Now her main concern is spending as much time with her loved ones as possible as she battles against the disease.
And in May 2017, she was told it was terminal. She was given a prognosis of just two years to live, if her chemotherapy treatment is successful.
Vicky said she feels “robbed” of her life after learning her fate especially after initially being told it was curable.
Now her main concern is spending as much time with her loved ones as possible as she battles against the disease.
She and Roxy are working their way through a bucket list including a trip to Florida, seeing the Northern Lights and travelling round the UK.
Vicky has also started putting together a memory box for her daughter, which she is going to fill with cards and gifts, each one carefully chosen for her daughter as she grows up.
She added: “I’m buying birthdays, engagement and wedding cards. I want her to know I’m always there.
“I’m going to be crocheting two blankets for her. It’s for her first baby. I’m doing one in blue and one in pink.”
Vicky has also started a petition calling for the age for mandatory mammograms to be reduced.
Currently, only women between the ages of 50 and 70 are offered three-yearly screenings on the NHS.
She currently has 27,048 signatures on her petition, but needs 100,000 before it will be considered for debate in Parliament.
She has just under a month left before the deadline on the petition comes to an end, on March 13.