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Walk for cancer charities in memory of brother and best friend
A SALISBURY woman has overcome heartache and hardship to complete a charity walk in memory of her brother and best friend.
Louise Morris’s older brother Howard died of pancreatic cancer in December 2010 aged 37 and one of her closest friends, Sarah Hancock, died of cervical cancer in September last year, age 35.
She decided to do something to raise money in memory of them and other friends and family lost to the disease, but the challenge was tougher for her than most.
In January last year Mrs Morris started suffering severe back spasms and seizures. Her condition got so bad she lost all the feeling in and use of her right leg, struggled to talk and constantly twitched. She relied on her husband to do everything for her but doctors told her she had trapped nerves and just gave her painkillers.
She said: “After having been that way for months I’d had enough and decided to take back control. It was a slow, hard process but I taught myself to use my leg again and tried to control the twitching.
“As time went on my muscles grew strong and the feeling in my leg started to come back. I’m still on tablets to help control the seizures and spasms and I still twitch every now and then and struggle with the feeling in my foot, but I’m doing much better.”
Together with her oldest and closest friend Claire Partridge, Mrs Morris spent two days walking from Bishopton in Bristol to Harnham. They arrived back at Harnham Memorial Hall at about 6.30pm last Tuesday where they were greeted by a welcome back party and fundraising evening held by Mrs Morris’ local Slimming World group.
She joined the group in October last year and said the new friends she has made there have been such a great support during a difficult time.
“They have really been a lifeline. It’s thanks to them and Slimming World that my confidence and strength have grown.”
They have raised £700 so far and donations are still coming in, with the money to be split between Pancreatic Cancer UK and Cancer Research UK.
Mrs Morris said: “Howard and Sarah may be gone, but they will never be forgotten. Knowing how hard they both fought their battles gives me strength every day and I want to help beat cancer.”
To donate go to justgiving.com/Louise-morris10.
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