For 15-year-old Paige Spencer, a party in her honour had a real special meaning.
The get-together at the Stanley Ward Conservative Club was a very emotional and poignant celebration.
The party was held to mark her being given the all-clear after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2005, at the age of just nine.
It was a tough few years for the Highfield Humanities College pupil, who had to undergo lifesaving surgery at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital, followed by gruelling radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
But now doctors have given her the all-clear, and she is studying for her GCSEs and planning to go on to do textiles at college next year.
Mum Karen Griffiths said: “Paige had her final MRI scan last week, and went through to the oncologist to discuss the next step. The doctor said to Paige ‘your notes are now filed away and stamped cured.’ It was fabulous.
“The last year, she has improved, her attendance at school, she just got stronger and she really enjoyed following Blackpool FC through their dream season.
“I hope it will be positive for other people to hear about this, and good for others to hear there can be success stories.
“After leaving my job to nurse Paige for a couple of years in hospital, and then care for her at home, I applied for my old job back at the beginning of the year. I now work full-time at Ansdell Medical Centre, and things are getting back to normality.”
Paige had first been taken to the doctors by Karen, who was worried after she kept being sick and complaining of headaches and dizziness.
Her speech was also becoming slurred and her balance was going.
At first, they were told it was a viral infection, but she ended up back in casualty, and after a scan, medics spotted the tumour.
Two years after her diagnosis, after a lot of fund-raising efforts, Paige was able to go on her dream holiday to Florida with her mum, brother Chris, 21, and sister Keifer, 20.
She also won the child bravery award in the Heroes in the Community Awards.
This year, her birthday was made extra special, as Blackpool Zoo treated her to a surprise trip round the zoo behind the scenes.
She also helped make her mum’s big day earlier this year, when she was bridesmaid at Karen’s wedding to Pete.
Paige said when she was first diagnosed with the tumour, as she was so young, she didn’t know what to think.
“At first, I was really confused as to what was happening because I was going to doctors and opticians and the Blackpool Victoria Hospital, but I just got on with it – even through my treatment I didn’t moan or anything.
“I feel great now knowing after six years I have got the all-clear.”
Paige added: “It’s flown by, and it has been really hard, but I am really happy in life, and I love all my family and close friends very much.”
Karen, of Collyhurst Avenue, South Shore, said: “Paige is doing really well.
“She is a superb help to me at Stanley Conservative Club, where I am vice-chairman.”