Charity day hopes for young St Margaret's Hospice mum with rare tumour

Somerset County Gazette: Natalie Sears, centre, with mum Patricia Upton, left, and Dr Meg Rowlands at St Margaret's Hospice. Natalie Sears, centre, with mum Patricia Upton, left, and Dr Meg Rowlands at St Margaret's Hospice.

A “POPULAR” and “lovely” young mum with an extremely rare tumour hopes a charity event will help her take an extra-special trip with her husband.

Natalie Sears, 25, is receiving treatment at St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice in Taunton for an “aggressive” angiomyoxma.

Her mum, Patricia Upton, is rallying to fundraise the £700 needed to give her daughter and son-in-law, Wayne, a two-night holiday at Dunstable’s Whipsnade Zoo through the charity event at Sydenham Community Centre in Bridgwater.

Before Natalie got her diagnosis she experienced symptoms for years, from stomach pain and vomiting to bloating and passing out.

Misdiagnoses and “20-odd trips in and out of Musgrove” followed, and she currently relies on a wheelchair.

Patricia, 54, said: “They kept saying it was IBS or wheat intolerance. At the end my mouth went dry because I knew it wasn’t.

“After investigating more they said it was her appendix. They took it out and found nothing wrong with it.”

Natalie, of Bridgwater, and Wayne married three years ago in Greece, and then she fell pregnant with Armani, now 19 months old.

Five weeks into her pregnancy, Natalie injured her groin, and when she bled the next day she was rushed into hospital.

“Ever since then she has been in total agony,” said Patricia. “She couldn’t even lift Armani to change him. She was so poorly.”

An x-ray on December 3 finally revealed a “big mass” on Natalie’s pelvis.

Patricia said: “They’re shrinking the tumour before operating to remove it. They’re giving her morphine for the pain, but it’s not touching it.”

With his mum poorly, and dad Wayne working and studying hard to better his career, baby Armani is being cared for by Patricia, who herself has lupus, arthritis and fibromyalgia, and husband Paul during the day.

Patricia said: “It’s really, really hard, but what can you do? Before all this she was a normal, young, bright girl.

“We just really want to give Natalie and Wayne something to look forward to.”

“Every person at St Margaret’s is compassionate and kind-hearted, from the cleaners up.”

The charity day starts at 10am on Saturday, July 19, when games, a barbecue, face painting, foot and hand massages and manicures, and an on-site tattooist are planned.

Any proceeds left beyond the cost of the trip will go to St Margaret’s.

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