A COURAGEOUS Sunderland woman today spoke about her nightmare battle with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Louise Seerey, 22, was diagnosed with vasculitis last year and has since developed Hodgkins Lymphoma after suffering a heart attack and a stroke.
But despite undergoing numerous painful operations and losing her hair because of the chemotherapy, brave Louise remains positive that she can beat the killer illness and lead a normal life.
She first began to feel unwell in 2012, experiencing pain in her joints.
Simple tasks became difficult and after tests at Sunderland Royal Hospital it was found that she had vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels.
Louise then suffered a stroke and a heart attack.
She has since been receiving physiotherapy but it has now also been discovered by medics that she has stage four Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Following the devastating news, she was transferred to the Northern Centre for Cancer at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
Speaking at her Hendon home, Louise, a former pupil of Hudson Road Primary and Thornhill schools who has had to give up work as she fights for life, told the Echo: “I’m keeping going but I often get tired from the chemo.
“I’ve got the chemo every two weeks but every day I’m on steroids and have to take 42 tablets.”
Louise added that support from her family and boyfriend Nathan Cann, 23, have kept her going over the past year or so.
She and they are now hoping that she will one day be put into remission. I’ve reacted badly to one of the drugs from the chemotherapy so my lungs are poorly right now,” said Louise.
“But that should gradually get better over the next few weeks.”
Young girls who are part of a city dance group have also shown their support for Louise in her battle by putting on a charity dance session.
Eighteen dancers, including her niece Toni Goodwin, 14, took part in the fun, which saw the group perform freestyle disco moves, raising £1,400 in Louise’s name.
A spokesman for Cora Ann’s Dance Academy (Cada) which is based in Global Gym in Grangetown, said: “It was lovely, they just really loved taking part and Louise came along with her two sisters and her mum.
“It was nice to have her there and the kids were all really tired after dancing for two hours.”
Louis added: “People have been doing a lot of things to raise awareness of my disease and I really appreciate it.
“I didn’t have any idea that much money would be raised and it’s a lovely thing they’ve done.”