After a year of misdiagnoses, doctors found Lucy Fassett had stage three colon cancer
The mother of a Britain’s Next Top Model contestant has heartbreakingly revealed how she is dying of cancer.
Lucy Fassett, 48, has undergone chemotherapy and radical surgery on her stage three colon cancer – but nothing has worked.
After a year of misdiagnoses, doctors found she had a grapefruit-sized tumour that was making her vomit every time she tried to digest food.
In January, they gave her a prognosis of three months. But so far, she has completely ignored it and is continuing to go on strong.
Now she is preparing her daughter’s Tallulah, 20 – who is currently appearing on the reality TV show – and Kizzy, 18, for a life without her.
Ms Fassett, of East Dulwich, London, worries that they will be left parentless as they no longer see their father.
She said: ‘My priority is spending as much time with my girls as possible and enjoying being with them.
‘I’ve been the only constant thing in their lives and suddenly there’s a huge threat that I’m not going to be there anymore.
‘I want to do stupid things, like telling them what to do with stuff in the loft when you move house – those things that you would normally ring and ask your mum about.
‘At the minute, I have to just take each day as it comes. I am not one of those people who says, “I am just going to go to bed and die now”.
‘While there is breath in my body, I am going to keep doing whatever I can to live longer.
Ms Fassett is also coming to terms with not being around for her girls as they get older.
She said it’s ‘really difficult’ for her daughters, as Tallulah knows what she wants to do in the future and is very focused and driven.
Ms Fassett, of East Dulwich, said her priority is to spend as much time as possible with her two daughters (Tallulah, 20, who is appearing on the reality TV show Britain’s Next Top Model, is pictured left and right, and Kizzy, 18) before she passes away from the incurable cancer
But for Kizzy, it’s much harder, as she had to leave school during her mother’s ordeal and ‘is a bit lost at sea’ about her plans in the upcoming years.
Ms Fassett added: ‘When I had my children, my mum had recently remarried and moved away, so I didn’t have her around all the time when my kids were little.
‘I can remember really missing that and thinking at the time that, when my girls had children, I’d be all over it.
I’ve been the only constant thing in their lives and suddenly there’s a huge threat that I’m not going to be there anymore Lucy Fassett, 48
‘I wanted to be that hands on grandmother, but I’m probably not going to do all those things now.’
The medical practice consultant first started experiencing constipation and finding blood in her stools in September 2013.
She immediately recognised these as signs of bowel cancer and visited her doctor concerned.
However, her GP thought it was probably an early menopause, believing there was no need to worry.
But, over the following year, her symptoms intensified and she went back to her doctor three more times.
Ms Fassett said she was often bloated, constipated and bleeding.
The mother-of-two has had chemotherapy and radical surgery on her stage three colon cancer – but nothing has worked (pictured in the Christie Hospital in Manchester during treatment)
But no medication worked, leaving her unable to digest any food and vomiting each time she ate.
Determined to get answers, she made an appointment with a new GP, who immediately referred her for a colonoscopy.
Two weeks later, in August 2014 the tests showed that she had stage three colon cancer.
She said: ‘I was relieved to have a diagnosis, but it was a stage three tumour about the size of a grapefruit and, because it wasn’t removed, there was a risk it could rupture and kill me.
‘Once I saw my surgeon, three days later, I was confident that I was going to be cured. I am a really positive person and just had to think like that.’
Three days after that, she was taken to Kings College Hospital, London, for a four-hour operation to remove the tumour.
The surgery was successful and she started 10 rounds of chemotherapy, over six months, in a bid to kill any remaining cancer.
Ms Fassett worries about leaving her girls parentless as they are estranged from their father
Tallulah has a clear career path as a model, but Ms Fasset is concerned Kizzy will be ‘lost at sea’
But the gruelling chemotherapy didn’t work – leaving her exhausted.
A routine scan in May 2016 showed the cancer had returned and spread to the outer layers of her uterus.
She said: ‘In hindsight, I wouldn’t have had the chemotherapy. Afterwards, I was unwell and my immune system was damaged, but it did nothing to kill the cancer.
‘If chemotherapy kills the cancer, you can recover and it’s great, but if it doesn’t, you’re really in a lot of trouble. I was in the latter category.’
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