Worries a Thing of Past

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), March 26, 2004 | Go to article overview

Worries a Thing of Past


Byline: By Cathy Spencer

A brave mother whose little son battled cancer has been rewarded after losing more than five stones in weight.

When Helen Halliday's son Benjamin was diagnosed with cancer, diets were the last thing on her mind.

The 31-year-old, from Tanfield Lea, spent months in hospital with her son, now five years old, and gained two stones due to stress and worry.

But this week Helen celebrated losing more than five stones in less than a year with her friends at the Tanfield Lea Slimming World club this week when she was nominated as the group's `greatest loser'.

Helen, who lives in Lanchester, County Durham, said: "It was such a shock when my husband Gary and I were told he had testicular cancer.

"He was only three years old and had to have the tumour removed and then nine courses of chemotherapy.

"I was already around three stones overweight and, due to the stress, I put on another two-and-a-half stones."

Helen, who is 5ft 10ins, now weighs 11st 11lb and is getting ready for a special holiday with her son.

She said: "Ben is a big fan of cowboys and the Make A Wish Foundation has organised for us to go to New Mexico to see the cowboys.

"Ben just goes for regular check-ups now but it is great to see him healthy again and running around. I have made some fantastic friends at the Slimming World's group - they are just like a family and consultant Dawn has been very supportive. …

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