Woman given a year to live will ‘die happy’ after meeting her first grandchild

A woman with terminal cancer will “die happy” after reaching her 60th birthday and meeting her first grandchild.

Jacqui Armor, from Leeds, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain cancer after experiencing mild headaches in August 2020.

She now has been told she only has 12 months to live but she continues to have a “smile on her face” and she continues to fight .

Despite Jacqui’s deteriorating health, she has outlived the doctors diagnosis who told her she would have less than a year to live.

She has managed to see her daughter Lisa Davison get married, turn 60 and even meet her great grandchild.

Jacqui is now on end of life care but told her daughter that if she was to die, she would die happy as she has managed to see everything she has wanted to see.

Mum-of-six Lisa told Leeds Live : “We knew it was going to happen but because she’s been here for over two years we put it in the back of our minds and assumed she’s going to keep on going. It was a blow to hear of the end of life stage but she has done well.

“She was given 12 months to live which is why we rushed through with the wedding. Everything was a bit of a rush but she decided to hang on for over two years which is insane she seems to have smashed it.”

Lisa continued: “She met her first grandchild, we never thought she would get to that.

“She got to see her 60th birthday. We didn’t think she would get to it, she will go happy and she has made it clear she’s got everything we wanted to see.

“It’s been a gradual decline, she knew it was heading towards that. She still has a smile on her face, her brain is working (…) she’s getting on with it, she smiles and pushes through.”

Jacqui, who is originally from Norfolk, had experienced occasional mild headaches just before the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and suffered three falls in six months.

Her health deteriorated as the months went on and she was taken to hospital by ambulance in July 2020 when she became confused and distressed.

Scans later revealed three brain tumours and on August 16 they were told her condition was terminal.

Lisa is now taking part in a challenge to raise money for Brain Tumour Research – she aims to do 100 star jumps a day.

She added: “I never knew about brain tumours until she was diagnosed, you never hear of them like other cancers. If we can help just one person know the symptoms so they can get diagnosed sooner than later, it’s an achievement.

“My mum wants to help other people. If she could help just one person know the symptoms and they can have treatment, she would be really happy.”