A devoted young mother has lost her battle with cervical cancer, leaving five young children behind.
Amanda Dawson, 32, from Bolton, tragically died last Sunday, 24 hours after was rushed into hospital by her worried mother Elaine, 59.
The single mother-of-five had been diagnosed in early 2018 after complaining to doctors of constant bleeding throughout 2017, which they dismissed as a side-effect of the contraceptive implant.
They consequently found a 13cm tumour which Amanda had been undergoing chemotherapy to shrink, but at the end of September Amanda’s condition rapidly deteriorated.
Amanda sadly passed away leaving behind her five children Kia, 12, Riley, eight, Jackson, seven, Amario, four and three year old Daekan, who her mother, now plans to step in and raise.
Single mother-of-five Amanda Dawson tragically passed away from cervical cancer just over a year since her diagnosis by doctors who found a tumour
Amanda sadly leaves behind her five children daughter Kia, 12, Riley, eight, Jackson, seven, Amario, four and three-year-old Daekan
Amanda pictured with her son Amario, when he was younger, he and his siblings will be raised by her mother Elaine and her best friend
Devastated Elaine, from Bolton, says: ‘I have told the children that their mummy has gone “over the rainbow” but the little ones just don’t understand.
‘Kia, the eldest, was with her mother when she died. It’s absolutely heart-breaking.
‘It hasn’t sunk in yet but I can’t grieve for my daughter because I have to face the financial and practical challenges of looking after my grandchildren.’
Elaine, who is being supported by Amanda’s best friend, Robyn Campbell, revealed that Amanda had symptoms throughout 2017, but they were dismissed as side effects of the contraception she was using.
‘Amanda was bleeding all the time, but she had a contraceptive rod and so doctors said that was probably the problem,’ Elaine recalls.
‘They couldn’t examine her properly because she was bleeding and so it dragged on and on.
‘Amanda actually said herself that she thought she might have cancer.
‘When she was eventually sent to hospital, early in 2018, they found a tumour measuring 13 cm.’
Amanda’s grieving mother Elaine vowed to step in to take care of her grandchildren but says there is little space in her two-bedroom home
Amanda was Elaine’s only daughter and said the pair were extremely close. Elaine (pictured left) is being helped with the children by Amanda’s best friend Robyn Campbell (right with Amanda)
The tumour was too large for surgery and Amanda began chemotherapy. The treatment seemed to go well.
Robyn, 28, who had been best friends with Amanda since childhood, says: ‘It was very hard for her; the chemotherapy made her sick and she couldn’t do simple things like walk her children to school.
‘She was a devoted mum, with a heart of gold, and it really upset her that she couldn’t look after them like she wanted to.’
At the end of September, Amanda finally saw doctors who still believed the tumour, which had shrunk to 3cm, could be operable.
But two weeks on, her condition deteriorated quickly – and Elaine became concerned.
Amanda’s mother said that she had complained to doctors of bleeding throughout 2017 but was told it was likely a side effect of her contraception
Elaine says: ‘Amanda was feeling under the weather last Monday, her legs were swollen but she insisted she was OK. I kept a close eye on her, I was going round each day to help with the children.
‘By Saturday, I was so concerned that I called an ambulance.’
Amanda died in hospital the following day, with her mother and eldest child, Kia, 12, at her side.
Elaine says: ‘Amanda was my only daughter and we were so close. I can’t believe I have lost her, and it feels to me like opportunities to save her were missed.
‘She spent months going to the doctor, complaining of bleeding, before she was diagnosed.
‘Now five little children are without their mummy and I have to do everything I can to help them through this.
‘Amanda loved a party; she would throw big parties for the kids at birthdays and at Christmas and Halloween. The children keep asking if we are having a Halloween party, and if their mummy is coming home from hospital and it is breaking my heart.
‘I would urge anyone with symptoms to please seek help and don’t take no for an answer.’
After she persisted with seeking medical advice doctors finally discovered a lump which Amanda was receiving chemotherapy for
Amanda’s tumour had shrunk and was set to be operated on but she quickly began to deteriorate at the end of September. Elaine rushed her daughter into hospital, however, just 24 hours later Amanda sadly passed away
Her eldest daughter, Kia, has chosen the songs and also requested that mourners wear pink.
Robyn says: ‘The children will release balloons, one pink and four blue, saying: “Goodnight mummy”.
‘Jackson, seven, is with his dad but Elaine has the other four children, Kia, 12, Riley, eight, Amario, four and three year old Daekan, in a small two-bedroom house. She has no money to look after them and no space.
‘She needs help and support and we are appealing for anyone to help who can. It would mean so much.
‘Amanda had a heart of gold, she helped me many times. Way before her diagnosis, we always said we would look after each other’s kids, if anything happened. Now it’s my turn to keep that promise.’
You can donate to Amanda’s funeral costs at her GoFundMe page set up by Robyn
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