Nicola - a brave wife and mother

Nicola Scrimshaw with husband Andrew.
Nicola Scrimshaw with husband Andrew.

A MUM of two has lost her brave 12-year battle with breast cancer.

Nicola Scrimshaw was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just aged 26 and her two children Bradley and Ria were three and four-years-old.

Now her husband Andrew has paid tribute to the 38-year-old saying she really was a “force to be reckoned with”.

“She fought a battle not a fight,” he said. “There was only a two year period where she thought everything was clear then after that it was constant check ups and treatment.

“But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for 12 and a half years. Nicola was so upbeat and just got on with life. It was just her personality and she was well organised even on the day when she died. She was so strong all the way through.”

Nicola battled against the cancer and was determined not to let it affect her, so much so that many people didn’t know she was ill.

“The children were so little when she was diagnosed. They were a big motivation for her to get better and she had to do it for the children,” said Andrew. “She adjusted her chemotherapy sessions around the children’s birthdays so she was well enough to enjoy them. She wanted the time at home when she needed to be.

“She was feisty like a lioness. She said it how it was and told you black and white. But she was loyal and was your friend and stood by you. She fought for everything, friends, family and children, that was just what she was like.”

Nicola who is originally from Hebden Bridge moved to Hipperholme after meeting Andrew when she was aged 17. She used to work as a nanny and for social services with Calderdale Council until she was diagnosed.

Andrew said she didn’t moan about anything and just got on with it. “The big thing for her was that the children, now aged 16 and 15, were so little and she had to fight until they were at an age when they would remember her. Above and beyond that was a bonus and she moved the targets to where they needed to be. “She never looked poorly and her face was beaming. Even when she was going through the chemotherapy she looked so well. She was glamorous and always did her make up. One thing she was determined not to happen was lose her hair and she would go through the pain of the cold cap. She was also hyper sensitive to the chemotherapy and she had to have it in smaller doses which meant she didn’t get any respite.

“She was such a strong character, bubbly, and larger than life for such a tiny person. I think because she was so strong it made it easier for her friends to deal with it.

“She is my best mate and my soulmate.”

Her funeral was held at St Matthew’s Church, Lightcliffe, last Friday. Donations were made to Breast Cancer Care and everyone was asked to wear pink.