Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pam Wanted to the Children. to the End She She'd Beat This Get Better for and Right Thought

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pam Wanted to the Children. to the End She She'd Beat This Get Better for and Right Thought

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Byline: SOPHIE BARLEY

COURAGE: Eddy, Harry A LOVING husband has paid tribute to his "brave and determined" wife who fought till the end to beat the aggressive cancer that was taking over her body.

Mum Pamela Mason-Pooley, 36, a teacher from Billingham, was diagnosed with skin cancer in February last year.

Her husband Simon, 40, said: "She was so brave and determined and believed right till the end that she would beat it.

She tried a number of diets which she thought would starve the cancer. I am so proud of her, she just wanted to get better for me and the children."

The couple met at a nursery school in Billingham in 1998 as they both had children there.

Simon said: "My son Jacob and Pam's son Harry both went there and we met at the Christmas party. Since then we have been inseparable. " The couple got married last August and have two children together - Eddy, six, and Richie, four.

In September 2008 Pamela, a drama and English teacher at Egglescliffe School, noticed a small spot on her back.

Simon said: "It didn't look different or anything. It looked perfectly normal but it just wouldn't go. So she went to the doctors and they told her it was a cyst. It continued to grow and eventually she had it removed."

Simon said that a few weeks later the hospital rang. He said: "The doctor told us that she had malignant melanoma which is one of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer. We just couldn't believe it.

"She was not a sun-worshipper and she always covered up."

The cancer quickly spread to her lymph nodes under her arms and later to her pelvis.

Simon said: "The doctors said there was nothing they could do and that was when she decided to try and fight it herself."

Pamela went on different diets, including the intensive Gerson therapy which involves drinking juices and eating organic foods. …

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