Mum with 2 weeks to live celebrates Christmas and Bonfire Night early with kids

Mum with 2 weeks to live celebrates Christmas and Bonfire Night early with kids

A mum who was told she has just two weeks to live is celebrating Christmas and Bonfire Night early with her children.

Sara McLaughlin, 37, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 after finding out that her family carried the BRCA1 gene.

Despite extensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment, she was told in 2017 her cancer was terminal after the disease spread to her neck and lymph nodes.

The mum-of-three was told she had just weeks left as a result of the cancer on September 6, after she went to hospital with a sharp pain around her neck.

Sara, from Stalybridge in Greater Manchester, was told her cancer had wrapped itself around her jugular vein and that she was unlikely to survive for longer than two weeks.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News , she said: "We are going to have Christmas morning with presents, followed by Christmas dinner and then in the evening we are going to have bonfire night too."

She added: "It's just a ticking time bomb now.

"To be honest, I am more scared for my kids than myself. I will take any pain the cancer throws at me but the worst bit was telling the kids.

"I am still doing radiotherapy just to try and put it off and my daughter keeps asking me whether it's going to make it go away."

"I have to explain that's not going to happen," she added.


Sara is currently at home with her three children aged 19, 11 and four and her long-term partner Ste.

In a double blow for the family, Sara's mother has also been diagnosed with terminal cancer, having also had breast cancer due to the BRCA1 gene.

The family made plans to bring Christmas Day forward, so that Sara can celebrate with her children for the last time.

"I just want to make as many memories with the children as I can," she said.

"They know we are bringing it forward and of course they'll still celebrate on Christmas Day, but sadly I won't be here."


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