Mum who refused chemotherapy ‘to be strong for kids’ died of tonsil cancer aged 34

After being diagnosed, Southport’s Tammy Hughes refused chemotherapy because she wanted to conserve her energy to spend time with her two daughters, Niesha and Annie, her devastated husband says

Tammy Hughes with her oldest daughter, Annie (

Image: Rob Hughes)

A mother of two who had “a real zest for life” sadly passed away at the age of 34 after a valiant battle with tonsil cancer.

Tammy Hughes of Southport, Merseyside, was training as a midwife when she was diagnosed in 2010.

After being diagnosed, she declined chemotherapy, wanting to conserve her energy to spend time with her two daughters, Niesha and Annie, before dying in July 2015, her husband said.

Tammy’s husband Rob Hughes said she spent a lot of time with her children and was “strong to the end.”

He told the Liverpool Echo: “She was insistent. She had a real zest for life. When she was sick, she received chemotherapy, but she refused it because, in her opinion, she wanted to be strong for the children as long as she could. She made that decision and it was about three and a half years from diagnosis.

Tammy Hughes of Southport, Merseyside, was training as a midwife when she was diagnosed (

Image:

Rob Hughes)

“It (chemotherapy) may have extended her life, but she would have suffered from the treatment, so she made that decision to be strong for the kids. The kids know about that decision too and they appreciate it. She was more or less very strong to the end.

“She did a lot with them and was a great mother. She just wouldn’t sit down, she was one of those people, she was living her life at a fast pace. She was a really good mother and spent a lot of time with the children.

“She was training to be a midwife when she was diagnosed, so that limited that a bit. She also worked as a youth worker, so she always had children at the center of her life.”

Tammy’s husband Rob Hughes said she spent a lot of time with her kids (

Image:

Rob Hughes)

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Towards the end of Tammy’s life, she was at the Queenscourt Hospice in Southport, where the staff always made an effort, especially when Niesha visited her mother on her fourth birthday.

The amazing work Queenscourt Hospice did for the Hughes family is why Niesha is raising money for them six years after her mother’s death.

The 10-year-old will complete 50 lengths of her local pool, with Niesha doubling her goal of £500 weeks before she goes swimming.

Niesha has raised over £1,100 for the hospice and will complete the dive on September 12.

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Her 48-year-old father said:[Queenscourt Hospice] took care of her and made sure she was taken care of. We were shocked at how good they were. An example was when it was Niesha’s birthday while Tammy was there and they bought her a cake.

“They came over and sang a song by Niesha. They really had a huge impact on us and made the end of her life a lot more pleasant than it would have been otherwise.

“They are very dependent on their charitable donations and Niesha has always wanted to thank them from a young age so she came up with this idea and all I’ve done is support her through it. It’s amazing to see everyone’s reaction to it.” see and support it.”

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