A woman grappling with a number of terminal diseases that will one day cost her life teaches how to stay strong and positive in the darkest of times.
Annie Darby, 62, has secondary breast cancer, which has now spread to the lungs and spine, as well as pulmonary hypertension and has had multiple pulmonary embolisms.
In 2009 she was first diagnosed with breast cancer and finally defeated. She led an extraordinary life before sadly told it had come back and spread through her body.
In September 2019, she was taken to the emergency room and later diagnosed with pulmonary embolism, which soon led to pulmonary hypertension.
But Annie did not let her illnesses conquer her and she still lives as full a life as possible.
She described her health journey too Grimsby Live, talks about a number of ups and downs she has faced since her initial diagnosis.
She said, “In 2009 I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Thankfully, it was all covered over the course of two years and I decided to complete my bucket list after receiving that special wake-up call.
“I started traveling the world and did a lot of charity work in South Africa. However, I was in South Africa in November 2017 when I noticed I was getting pretty gasping.
“When I got home I went on a trip to see the family doctor and was sent for an X-ray, which later showed my cancer had returned.
“Unfortunately it had now spread to my lungs and spine. That was January 2019, so you could tell it wasn’t the best way to start the year.
“There is no cure for cancer today, but it is treatable. Back then I was still doing what I could and traveling as much as possible.”
However, later that year Annie got worse when she was told she had suffered a pulmonary embolism.
She explained: “I noticed once again that I suffer from shortness of breath and palpitations.
“After a trip to A&E they told me I had a pulmonary embolism. I treated it with anticoagulants for 18 months to prevent further damage, but unfortunately I had a recurrence of the pulmonary embolism and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension.”
In May 2020, Annie’s health deteriorated again after contracting pneumonia. Unfortunately, due to her secondary cancer, she cannot undergo surgery to treat her illnesses.
However, she said, “I will not let my illnesses take me prisoner and as long as I can still do it, I will live life to the fullest.
“Without my husband Paul and my colleagues from NAViGO (psychiatric service in Grimsby) I would never have survived all of this, I think.”
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