Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'm Glad Lisa Never Knew I Had Cancer. It Was Best She Died without Knowing

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'm Glad Lisa Never Knew I Had Cancer. It Was Best She Died without Knowing

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Byline: By Lisa Hutchinson

Dying mum loses daughter

Grieving mum Ivy Devlin spared her daughter the agony of knowing she had terminal cancer so they could enjoy a family Christmas.

Brave Ivy spent a happy festive season with daughter Lisa despite being told by doctors just days before the disease had taken hold of her body.

But in a tragic twist Lisa died just days later after suffering a fit and choking on her own vomit.

Ivy, 51, of Oxted Place, Waker, Newcastle, even had to delay Lisa's funeral to undergo chemotherapy in a desperate attempt to cheat death herself.

Lisa, 33, had epilepsy all her life and in 2002 was struck down with a condition called Lupus, a skin disorder which leaves sores on the face and head.

She appeared in the Chronicle when the mother-of-one claimed she was shunned by officials at the Welbeck Bingo & Social Club, in Scrogg Road, Walker, when they refused to let her drink out of their glasses because of her condition.

There is no way the disease could be spread to others, but the club made Lisa drink out of a special mug. She had to face jibes and eventually stopped going to her favourite bingo hall.

Lisa, who has a five-year-old son called Robert, had spent six weeks in Northgate and Prudhoe Hospital Trust which treats mentally ill patients. She had been allowed home before Christmas and was getting ready to get her life back together.

But before she could welcome in the New Year, she died in her bed at her home in Renwick Street, Byker, Newcastle.

Today, her mum Ivy fought back tears as she told her heartbreaking story.

She said: "This is the worst Christmas anyone could have. Imagine being told you have a terminal illness and then your daughter dies days later.

"I am glad Lisa never knew I had terminal cancer. It was best that she died without knowing. …

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