Mother loses her cancer battle

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AN inspirational Brighouse mum has lost her brave battle against cancer.

Adele Boyd died on May 27 at Overgate Hospice, Elland, after battling against bone cancer for two years.

Her husband, Kevin, said she was so determined not to let it beat her and wanted to reach their 15th wedding anniversary which was back in April.

“She was a real family person who loved her family and did everything she could for our two children, Shannon, 12, and Chloe, eight.

“Her main passion was driving, just anywhere and she wanted to become a professional truck driver at one point but illness stopped her from doing that.”

Adele who lived in Bradford Road, was first diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2005 at the age of 30.

She underwent chemotherapy and was given the all clear in 2007. But just before Christmas in 2008 Adele started to have problems with her hip and found it difficult to walk.

It was then that she was diagnosed with bone cancer and told that it wasn’t curable. She died at the age of 36.

“She was so strong willed and the fact that she didn’t want to leave the children. She thought she had to be here for me and them,” said Kevin.

“Her determination was to make it to our 15th wedding anniversary this year. She was very strong natured and she was an inspiration.

“I know for a fact I would have fallen to bits but you could see she was in pain but she didn’t want to show it for the children.

“She did everything she could to shelter it from them. I am very proud of how she fought it, I don’t know if I could have done what she did,” he said.

Kevin met Adele while working at Selmer, Brookfoot. Their relationship developed and a year later they were married.

“I guess you could say it was a bit of a whirl wind romance,” said Kevin.

“We had our ups and downs like every couple but we got through them and stuck together for 15 years.

“It was hard to see her in so much pain but it must have been a lot harder for her,” he added.

“She tried to hide a lot of it especially towards the end. After losing her car licence she got worse, I think part of her just gave up. ”

Adele passed away in Overgate Hospice.

“She was happy there. They helped her die with dignity and with very little pain.

“I would just like to thank Overgate. They were brilliant through all the years they have known Adele,” said Kevin.

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