Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

There Are No Words to Describe the Feeling of Watching Anyone Battle against Cancer. It's Devastating; Woman Who Lost Friend and Brothe Does Her Bit for Patients

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

There Are No Words to Describe the Feeling of Watching Anyone Battle against Cancer. It's Devastating; Woman Who Lost Friend and Brothe Does Her Bit for Patients

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Byline: RACHAEL NICHOL Reporter rachael.nichol@reachplc.com @RachaelNichol3

CATHERINE Storey's family has been ripped apart by cancer.

Last year, she lost her 56-year-old brother Jeffrey Finley to the disease.

And over the past five years she has watched her younger sister Julia, 46, battle skin cancer.

Catherine, from Hebburn, faced further agony when her close friend, Brian Hepple, 42, also died from the disease.

The 53-year-old said: "There are no words to describe the feeling of watching anyone battle against cancer. It's just devastating.

"It is the most devastating thing that I have witnessed."

Jeffrey and Brian died from cancer within a few weeks of each other. After finding a mole on his back, Jeffrey went to the doctors, who referred him for a biopsy but was given the all clear.

Seven months later, Jeffrey found a lump under his arm so went to Cramlington Hospital, where he was diagnosed with skin cancer.

Following his diagnosis, Catherine's brother was sent to the Royal Victoria Infirmary for a full-body scan.

His family was left devastated when the scan revealed that Jeffrey had three tumours on his brain.

He continued his fight for six months but tragically lost his battle in May 2018. Care worker Catherine said: "Macmillan were fantastic. They had two carers with him everyday over the last two weeks of his life.

"His family and friends were also by his side during his final moments of his life.

"This is why I decided to give something back to them, as they were so amazing."

A couple of weeks later, Catherine's close friend Brian lost his battle with the disease.

He showed no symptoms until he started to become really tired all of the time.

After going to the doctors his scan showed that he had several cancerous tumours in his body.

Catherine said: "It all happened so fast.

"Brian was a very proud man and did not want anyone knowing that he had cancer."

After experiencing the heartache of cancer, Catherine now supports her younger sister, who fears that her skin cancer will return. …

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