BRAVE cancer patient Kath Robson today vowed to continue her fight to stay alive long enough to hold her great-grandson.
Against the odds, Kath, 64, survived lung cancer 12 years ago, and promised to live every minute to the full.
Her second great-grandchild, Jay Crookes, was born yesterday morning.
But after her conditon worsened, she now faces a race against time to welcome him home before she loses her battle with the disease.
“I’m determined to hold my great-grandchild,” she said.
Jay was born to parents Paul Crookes and Claire Dodds.
Kath, from Washington Village, told of her shock when she was first diagnosed with terminal cancer.
“I was given the news after a scan,” she said. “I’d been taken into hospital with septicaemia.
“The doctors told me there was nothing they could do about the cancer; the chemotherapy would do more harm than good in my condition.
“But I’m determined to live every minute I have left to the full.”
Earlier this month – just two months after being diagnosed with secondary lung cancer – Kath visited the new £1.5million Leamside Equestrian Centre, in Houghton, to fulfil another wish.
Despite limited movement, she was able to use a high-tech simulator at the site to recreate the experience of horseriding.
“I can’t thank the centre enough,” she said. “They were brilliant, absolutely amazing.”
In 2001, she thought her life was over when she was diagnosed with lung cancer and went as far as planning her funeral.
Kath’s father died from the disease in 1984, aged 67, so she was aware of the devastation it could bring.
Exactly six years to the day after her dad died, she underwent an operation at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital to have the tumour, which had wrapped itself around her heart, removed, along with her right lung.
The operation was a success, although it left her with just 30 per cent normal breathing capacity.
Nevertheless, after recovering, she began campaigning to raise awareness of the illness.
“We’ve had so much support,” said Kath.
“We want to thank the Macmillan Nurses Julie Lamb and Susanne Dutton, as well as Dr Sridharan.
“We also want to thank all the nurses at the chest clinic.”