By Charlotte Nisbet
A beautiful woman who has been given just days to live has shared her final photos after her shocking cancer diagnosis.
Amy Redhead, 28, battled severe abdominal pain before her sudden bowel cancer diagnosis last October.
The aggressive disease had already spread to 70 per cent of her liver and Amy’s cancer was terminal.
After being offered chemotherapy to prolong her life, she refused and instead decided to enjoy her final months without feeling unwell.
Amy was initially given six months to live but in the past week her health has rapidly deteriorated and she now just has days.
But selfless Amy has already planned her own funeral and has created a memory box to ease the pain for her family when she’s gone.
Amy’s younger sister, Emily, 22, from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, is now sharing her story to help raise awareness for bowel cancer.
Emily said: “Amy had suffered with abdominal pain before her diagnosis but because of her age, she was dismissed by doctors.
“She’d lost loads of weight but it wasn’t until she felt a lump in her stomach that she was referred for tests.
“We were all devastated when we were told it was bowel cancer and that it was incurable.
“Amy is so stubborn and it was no surprise when she refused chemotherapy, the doctors had already told us it would only give us more time.
“She said she’d rather have less time and feel healthier in herself so that’s what she chose to do.
“We’re so grateful to have celebrated her birthday, Christmas, New Year and our dad, Robert’s, 76th birthday together.
“Amy has shared her story on social media throughout her ordeal but now she’s not well enough to do so for herself anymore, we’re doing it for her.
“We’re sharing the photos of her in the hospice from the past few days to show others the physical impact bowel cancer has on the body.
“Amy has lost four stone since her diagnosis and now looks nothing like her happy bubbly self.
“We are so proud of the fight she’s put up for the last few months, she has been so brave but she has said she’s ready to die now and no longer be in pain.”
Amy was diagnosed with colitis – inflammation of the inner lining of the intestine – from the age of 11 and was warned that she was at a higher risk of developing bowel cancer.
Emily added: “Amy was fit and enjoying the gym just weeks before she was diagnosed.
“We don’t know whether she first blamed her symptoms on her colitis but we want people to be aware of any changes if you have the condition.
“It’s important that those with the illness keep on top of their regular checks.
“If something feels different or you have an unusual pain then get it checked as it could have saved Amy’s life.
“We hope Amy’s story highlights the link between ulcerative colitis and cancer.
“Amy decided to stop all of her medication last week and is now preparing for the end of her life.
“She is on a high dose of morphine for the pain and with 70 per cent of her liver now being consumed with cancer, blood clots in her lungs and around her heart, we could lose her at any time.
“Amy originally wanted to die at home but last Monday (January 29) she decided to be admitted to Primrose Hospice so she can get the around the clock care she needs.”
Amy has created a memory box for her sister, Emily, and has already cut some of her hair as a keepsake as well as giving her her rings.
Emily said: “I asked Amy to create a memory box for me to look back on, we’ve always been so close but even more so since her diagnosis.
“Our parents, Lynn, 63, and Robert, have always told us not to argue when we’d have silly rows as we’d only have each other once they were gone.
“Amy’s diagnosis has made me realise how important siblings are and to never take the little things for granted.
“She’s still fighting at the moment and we’ll be there with her when she takes her final breath.”
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