Braiden’s auntie given cancer all-clear

Samantha Reece, the aunt of Braiden Precott, has got the all clear from cancer, pictured with children, from left, Tianna, four, Heaven, one, and Skylar, nine
Samantha Reece, the aunt of Braiden Precott, has got the all clear from cancer, pictured with children, from left, Tianna, four, Heaven, one, and Skylar, nine
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BRAIDEN’S aunt has been given the all-clear after her own battle with cancer.

Samantha Reece was shocked to discover she had a thyroid tumor shortly before Christmas 2014 and had to spend two weeks apart from her three children.

And after another painful week away from Skylar, nine, Tianna, four, and one-year-old Heaven, the 29-year-old was finally told the disease had been beaten.

She said: “I had another dose of radio iodine therapy in November and I had a bad reaction.

“I needed to be in isolation again, so I was away from my children for one week.

“Luckily I was allowed home, but it was difficult being on my own. My mum took care of my children and I missed them so much.”

But the ordeal was worth it, for in mid-December Samantha was told the cancer had gone.

She said: “It was the best Christmas present ever.

“I got a letter and I opened it with my three children there. I am really happy not to have to go to hospital again and have treatment.

“My life was put on hold as I had to go to hospital and I could not really move on because of everything that was going on.

“But now I have the all-clear I can put it in a box and start afresh.”

Samantha was diagnosed with thyroid cancer after finding a lump in her neck, underwent surgery and attended The Christie for radiotherapy.

She added: “I am always going to have problems with my health because I had my thyroid removed. I feel tired a lot.”

Samantha is now looking forward to returning to work at First Steps Nursery in Lowton.

She said: “I am a bit nervous, but everyone at work has been brilliant, so I am sure it will be fine.”