Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

She Had Many Years of Agony but She Coped Remarkably Well

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

She Had Many Years of Agony but She Coped Remarkably Well

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Byline: By Helen Rae

Looking frail and with her arms bandaged for protection, this is what a cruel condition did to a vibrant young woman.

At the age of just 16, Lynne Scott was struck down with the Scleroderma, which causes thickening, hardening or tightening of the skin, blood vessels and internal organs.

As little as 15 cases of the disease are diagnosed for every 100,000 of the population.

The Gateshead-born 27-year-old died in the Queen Elizabeth hospital on Wednesday after she caught septicaemia. It meant a release from the years of pain Lynne had suffered which had seen her confined to a wheelchair and her weight plummet to just over four stone.

At the family home in Curzon Street, Gateshead, her mum Janice said: "When Lynne was diagnosed with the condition she took it very well and just accepted the situation without complaining.

"She loved shopping with a passion and would spend hours at the MetroCentre with her niece Natalie.

"She also had a real enthusiasm for cooking programmes and would buy a variety of cooking utensils. Once she couldn't find a soft-scoop ice cream maker but wouldn't give up until she got one, she had a real determined streak."

As a youngster Lynne went to Breckenbeds Junior High School, now Joseph Swan, Gateshead, but left without any qualifications because she was diagnosed just before her GCSE exams.

"We knew something was seriously wrong when her fingers first swelled right up," said Janice, 48, a technical instructor. "At first we thought it was arthritis but none of us could have imagined what she was going to have to go through in the years to come.

"Throughout her illness Lynne suffered chronic pain and in her latter years was confined to a wheelchair because she couldn't walk. She had several years of agony but coped remarkably well. …

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