Christmas joy for Heather

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Heather Parkinson in her Pet Shop with Charlie and Frankie
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Heather Parkinson in her Pet Shop with Charlie and Frankie
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A BRAVE Fylde pet shop owner says crucial scan results have revealed a breakthrough in her fight with cancer.

Heather Parkinson was dealt a huge blow after her Hodgkin’s Lymphoma returned after seven months in remission.

Heather, 29, who owns a pet shop in Kirkham, underwent a trial treatment to beat the disease after she raised £16,000 needed to fund it.

Heather underwent a stem cell transplant for which her sister Shelley Watson was the donor.

The treatment was a success – but after seven months free of cancer, a routine check-up revealed new cancer nodes in Heather’s chest.

Heather was given a donor lymphocytes infusion, but this failed to work.

However, before she underwent another bout of radiotherapy she began experiencing side-effects which were a sign the infusion was starting to work.

She has now had a scan which showed the tumours have slightly shrunk and are not as active as they were.

Heather today said: “This is exactly what I wanted to hear just before Christmas.

“I don’t tend to worry about things too much myself and just take each day as it comes, but I know my family are very relieved by this good news as they were worried about me.

“The tumours in my chest have shrunk by a few millimetres and as the biggest was 2cm, this is quite a difference.

“I now don’t have to go back to hospital for another six weeks when they will check to see if the lymphocytes are still working.

“It will be great to enjoy Christmas and New Year without having to have hospital visits and treatment.

“It is the best Christmas present I could have hoped for.”

Heather and Shelley are planning to take part in a tandem parachute jump in Lancaster on April 7 to raise money for The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

To donate go to www.justgiving.com/heather-parkinson

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