Kirsty Allen was your normal, healthy young mother. Mom to Ebony, 6, and Adam, 2, the 29-year-old from Annfield Plain, County Durham, UK worked part-time as an office administrator. She was looking forward to a ceremony at St. Joseph's Church in Stanley, where she'd be named godmother to her brother Karl's 5-month-old son Austen. Tragically, that rite never happened. The family still gathered at the church, but under a much darker circumstance: Kirsty's funeral.
Though the trouble had started brewing about six weeks before, when Kirsty started experiencing problems with her eyes and headaches, there was no indication of the devastation that would soon follow, according to the Daily Mail. After blood tests showed abnormalities in the enzymes in her liver and bones, she was sent for more tests, and eventually ended up with a lung specialist. Breathing soon became difficult, and she was admitted to the hospital where, apart from a brief visit home during Easter, she'd spend the rest of her life.
On April 3, Kirsty was finally given a diagnosis: a rare type of advanced lung cancer that had spread to her spleen, liver and glands in her neck. Doctors called it the most aggressive case they'd ever seen. Despite the devastating news, Kirsty remained as devoted a mother as ever: She agreed to start chemo immediately, and hoped to be alive for at least another 10 years, until son Adam reached age 12.
It was altogether unfathomable, then, when Kirsty died the next day—before she'd even had a chance to say goodbye to her beloved children. Mom Wendy, 49, was at Kirsty's bedside when she passed. "She never smoked in her life, she never touched them," said the grieving mother. "She was so healthy and went to the gym and liked keeping fit. They say it was probably because her hormones were at her peak that the cancer happened so quickly." While lung cancer takes more lives than any other type of cancer in the UK, one in eight sufferers will never have smoked.
Wendy plans to keep Kirsty's memory alive, both for an through her grandchildren. "I'm making a memory book for the kids. She said she didn't want them to forget her. It's so difficult, I've cried for a week, but Ebony says some sweet things that are keeping us strong." Those sweet things are part beautiful, and part haunting. As reported by the Chronicle Live, Ebony said "My mammy is nice, she loves me, she loves me around the moon and back and I love her around the moon and back too. I will miss her cuddles when she tucks me up in bed and when she wraps her arms around me. I’ve drawn her an Easter card and my little brother did too and they will be sent to heaven with her. I will miss her, my mammy is really proud of me.”