Mum with brain tumour hopes final wish is granted

FAMILY Dave, Leah and Lucy Jenkins at home in Waterlooville. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131132-091)
FAMILY Dave, Leah and Lucy Jenkins at home in Waterlooville. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131132-091)

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BATTLING a brain tumour, Lucy Jenkins has one wish.

She wants to be able to spend time with her five-year-old daughter Leah in the garden.

Lucy, 24, of Linnet Close, Waterlooville, was diagnosed with the inoperable brain tumour in 2011 – only a few months after marrying her partner Dave.

Lucy was suffering bad headaches that weren’t being helped by painkillers.

After the couple’s honeymoon in August 2011, Dave took Lucy to A&E because the pain was so bad, but were sent home.

But once the couple got home, Lucy showed signs of being extremely tired and her eyes started pointing inwards.

The pair went back to their GP, who referred Lucy to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, to have a CT scan straight away.

Tests found an 11mm tumour and Lucy was put on to a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

At the same time, the pair needed to find a new home, as their previous landlord needed the property back.

Dave said: ‘It was a stressful time, and I wanted to find a place that was still close to Leah’s school, and my work.

‘I didn’t pay much attention to the garden, as I had so much other stuff on my mind.

‘But after we moved in, I realised it was a mess.

‘Lucy gets out of breath very quickly, so can’t walk too far.

‘We want to do the garden up, so she can enjoy being outside with Leah in the warm weather.’

A recent scan has shown the tumour has grown to 20mm, but Lucy is determined to make the most of her time with her daughter.

She said: ‘When I was told about the tumour, it felt like the doctors weren’t talking to me.

‘If it wasn’t for my daughter, I would be curled up in a corner crying, but I have to be strong for her.

‘She knows mummy is poorly, but doesn’t know exactly why.

‘I think about all the things I might miss, like her getting married.

‘But I just look at the small things, and really want to enjoy the summer with her in our garden.’

Dave carried out decking work, but is now appealing for professional help.

He said: ‘We’re not asking for thousands of pounds, just someone to fix up the garden.

‘Put down some grass, have a little vegetable patch and things like that.’

If you think you can help, email lucyndave@webandpresent.com.