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.”