Cancer survivor reconnects with nurse – 30 years later

2018-06-28 16:19
Liz Brown and nurse Debbie. (Photo: Twitter/@@thesaltiestcow)

Liz Brown and nurse Debbie. (Photo: Twitter/@@thesaltiestcow)

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A British woman’s online search for the nurse who took care of her when she suffered from cancer as a teenager paid off when they reconnected 30 years later.

Liz Brown (43), a mother of three from East Riding, Yorkshire in England, was diagnosed with aggressive osteoblastoma, a rare form of bone tumour, after she woke up paralysed on her 14th birthday, Independent reports.

“My prognosis was very poor,” Liz said. “I wasn’t expected to live for more than five years, but now I’m 43 with three children and there’s not a wheelchair in sight.”

Liz was admitted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 1989 where doctors told her she wouldn’t make it to adulthood. A nurse at the hospital, Debbie Bye (50), cared for the teenager. Liz said she’d never forgotten the diligence and kindness she experienced while Debbie cared for her.

“She might’ve thought she was doing her job but it went above and beyond that,” Liz said. “I remember watching Debbie work and being so inspired by the way she did things.

“She showed me that children are children no matter what’s wrong with them, and she treated us all the same.”

After Liz launched a search for Debbie on Twitter her heart-warming appeal went viral and was shared more than 1 000 times, Daily Mail reports.

She’d always wondered where Debbie was and if she still thought of her. “After I started to get better I wanted to forget that I ever had cancer and just blocked it out of my life,” she said.

“But back then the radiation was brutal, and with some people later in life it can shut down their nerves. And when that happened to me I had to face it all again.

“I started a blog and I began to wonder where Debbie, who changed so much in my life, had gone.”

When Liz was finally able to get in touch with Debbie the pair were “both in tears”. They’ve planned to meet up soon, the BBC reports.

 

Sources: independent.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk, bbc.com

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