Words by Sam Vickery
Local hero Heidi Loughlin, who lives in Portishead, has been told she is cancer free. This comes two years after being told her disease was terminal.
Initially diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2016, whilst pregnant. Heidi refused to have chemotherapy as it would mean terminating her child. She was three months pregnant at the time. Doctors initially warned Heidi this was far too dangerous for herself and that she should have treatment.
She refused, as she wanted to give her unborn child the best opportunity ahead of herself. At was deemed that if she didn’t have treatment there would be a 90% chance of her child surviving. The decision was made for Heidi to give birth two months early, so they would both have the best chance of survival.
Tragedy StrikesUnfortunately tragedy struck. Only eight days after giving birth, her baby Ally Louise Smith passed away. Heidi’s newborn contracted an infection and died at Southmead Hospital.
To make matter worse, Heidi was told by her doctors in September 2016 that her disease had spread and that a full recovery would be impossible. Heidi was told that she would have up to four years left to spend time with her two children and fiance.
She refused to give up however, and underwent all treatments her doctors offered.
Christmas MiracleHowever, this past Wednesday Heidi was given the all clear by her doctors! She is CANCER FREE!
Heidi had this to say when speaking with the Bristol Post:
“I can dare to dream that I’ll be here for a really long time. A lot of people are terrified to do that, because they think it will come back to get them, but actually it doesn’t change whether I spend the entire time terrified and wasting time on feeling terrible about what might happen to me, or I spend the entire time embracing the time that I’ve got.”
I think we can all agree that Heidi is an absolute trooper. She has battled an incurable disease, been a mother to two young children, a wife to her now husband and all while grieving over her lost daughter. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I feel pretty stupid every time I moan that I have a cold right now.
What’s Next?Heidi’s oncologist has warned that he believes the disease will unfortunately become active again, but for now Heidi just wants to enjoy her life.
“I’m only 35, I feel great. The world’s my oyster now. Next year that’s going to be my main aim, I’m going to start thinking about what I’m going to do with the rest of my life.”
She will go into 2018 with the enthusiasm we should all have. Live life to the fullest and never look back at all the shit life throws at you.
To me, Heidi is pure inspiration. Due to family circumstances, I know what it is like for families who suffer with this vile disease. It is a dark, lonely and brutal time. Somehow, Heidi left the doom and gloom behind, something which I think we can all learn from.
During her time being unwell, she also raised money for charity, by doing such things as canoeing 22 miles whilst having chemotherapy treatment. Legend.
It doesn’t matter if that twat at the roundabout cuts you up, or someone hops in front of you at a queue. Just try and remember to let it go and enjoy your life. There are much worse and much bigger things at play!
Heidi we salute you here at Chucktown and wish you all the best in everything going forward.
Heidi has her own blog which you can visit here. It is called Storm In A Tit Cup, which is just brilliant.
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