Brave mother fights cancer again

FAMILY Cathryn Wyllie with husband Paul, right, and children, from left, nine-year-old Bonnie, 10-month-old Beau, 13-year-old stepson Brandon and three-year-old Caul.     Picture: Steve Reid (111328-611)
FAMILY Cathryn Wyllie with husband Paul, right, and children, from left, nine-year-old Bonnie, 10-month-old Beau, 13-year-old stepson Brandon and three-year-old Caul. Picture: Steve Reid (111328-611)
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MUM Cathryn Wyllie has vowed to make every moment count as she fights cancer for a second time.

The 29-year-old was first diagnosed with acute myloid leukaemia at 14, but after gruelling chemotherapy she overcame it within a couple of years.

Cathryn during her treatment in 1996

Cathryn during her treatment in 1996

Now after more than a decade with the all-clear, Cathryn is once again battling cancer.

She had recently given birth to Beau, now 10 months, when she discovered a lump in her left breast.

Tests confirmed her worst fears and shortly before Christmas she had a mastectomy. Further tests revealed the cancer had spread to both her hips and spine.

Despite the tough hand she’s been dealt, Cathryn refuses to let things get her down for long.

‘I have my moments when I get really upset,’ said the mum-of-three. ‘I shut myself away and ask: “Why me again?” And I do get incredibly tired a lot.

‘But the children make me have a reason to get out of bed in the morning and they are the ones that keep me positive, and my husband Paul and my friends. The support I’ve had has been unbelievable. I have been really lucky.

‘I think that being positive is the only thing that will get me through – it’s what got me through my leukaemia.’

Cathryn, of Beacon Way in Park Gate, celebrated beating leukaemia by doing a skydive in aid of the Wessex Cancer Trust in 1997.

Even during the years of remission, Cathryn lived in fear of the cancer coming back.

‘I was no longer going for the yearly check-ups and I was just trying to put it all behind me because I was always worried it would come back in some form,’ she said.

‘It would petrify me – any new bruises would worry the life out of me.’

She has a history of defying the odds by becoming the proud mum of Bonnie, nine, Caul, three and baby Beau. Doctors had told her after the leukaemia she would never have kids.

‘They were amazed when I was pregnant with Bonnie, but they thought she was a one-off, so when I had Caul, the doctors couldn’t believe it.’

Although doctors are deciding what treatment to use to tackle the cancer, she is already taking Herceptin intravenously every three weeks, as well as daily medication.

She said: ‘I’m in pain a lot of the time, but I wear a morphine patch, which helps a lot. They are going to start bone infusions to try and strengthen my bones. I’ve been told they can never get rid of the cancer, but they can manage it and they’re still deciding which way to go with the treatment.

‘It’s really, really difficult and every three weeks I go thinking what are they going to say this time?

‘But I’m going to fight.’

Party to say thank you and raise charity cash

TO SAY a big thank you to everyone who has helped her, Cathryn Wyllie is throwing a fundraising party.

The bash, at the Sir Joseph Paxton pub, in Hunts Pond Road, Titchfield Common, from 7.30pm on Thursday, April 28 will also help raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Her old school friend Laura Cozens, who now lives in Farnborough, has helped organise the night, which will feature music, magic, an auction, raffle and buffet.

It is open for anyone to attend.

Cathryn said: ‘I said to her it would be really nice to have an evening where I can thank everyone for all their support.

‘I wouldn’t be able to do this without them.’

Laura, 28, added: ‘It was pretty difficult for her when she got the leukaemia, so I was absolutely devastated for her when she told me about this.

‘Even after she was given the all-clear when we were growing up, the fear was always there and as a friend I would always try to be positive for her.’