The family of a woman who bravely battled cancer for four years paid a touching tribute to their “inspirational and strong willed best friend”.
Rachael and Nick Coyle said they hope the story of their mum, Angie Coyle, will inspire others facing a similar plight and encourage support of Trinity Hospice.
Mrs Coyle, 56, inspired Blackpool boxer Brian Rose who vowed to win the WBO world light middle-weight title in January in her honour.
Mrs Coyle died in the Bispham care unit in the early hours of Friday morning, surrounded by her 33-year-old daughter and son, 31, as well as family friend Darren Ford, 42, who she considered her “second son”.
She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2009 and made the brave decision to have a mastectomy in the hope the disease would not attack the rest of her body.
Tragically the cancer was metastatic, meaning it spread to her lung, and she underwent another operation, before another operation to remove a brain tumour.
In August 2012, having already been told the cancer had spread to her brain and liver, Angie was given the bombshell news she had just eight weeks to live.
But Angie defied doctors predictions, the former chef and hotelier’s support network of family and friends and unerring sense of humour seeing her through.
Rachael said: “She didn’t lose her battle, she drew.”
Nick said: “Her strength, dignity and will power will live with me forever.
“I remember when she was going to have the brain tumour removed and the nurse was telling her all these things she wouldn’t be able to do after the operation. My mum said ‘will I be able to play piano though?’ and the nurse said yes, and mum goes ‘good, because I can’t now!’
“She had that sense of humour until the end.”
Angie was admitted to the hospice on November 22. In her final days she received more than 200 visitors who she celebrated her life with, drinking champagne and even singing favourite songs the day before she died.
Rachael said: “In a strange way, it was a lovely time. We were so lucky to have that opportunity and now we want to support Trinity, for other families to have that and people know about their amazing work.” Angie’s funeral is to be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, on St Albans Road, St Annes, at 10am on December 12.
Brian Rose said: “She’s an inspiration for me, so I will dedicate the Championship to her.”