Set-back for terminal cancer patient as she tries to tick off bucket list

Terminal cancer sufferer Ann-Marie Noble during a 'model for a day' photo shoot she ticked off her bucket list
Terminal cancer sufferer Ann-Marie Noble during a 'model for a day' photo shoot she ticked off her bucket list

A BRAVE RAF officer diagnosed with terminal cancer has had a setback in ticking off items on her “bucket list”.

Flight lieutenant Ann-Marie Noble, who has been told by medics there is nothing more they can do to cure her cervical cancer, has compiled a list of 30 things she wants to do in whatever time she has left.

As well as a meeting with TV stalwart Terry Wogan and a journey on the Orient Express being on her list, the 31-year-old also wants to “drive a super-fast car” on a track day and learn how to bake a souffle.

The souffle-making was planned for Wednesday evening and the track day was arranged for Thursday this week.

But Ann-Marie has had to pull out of both as she had to go into hospital on Wednesday to have a blood transfusion.

Anaemia linked to her condition can see Ann-Marie’s blood count drop suddenly, leaving her exhausted.

She received four pints of blood during a transfusion at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, near her RAF Marham base and was kept in overnight on Wednesday.

Ann-Marie, from West View Road, in Hartlepool, said: “Obviously I’m disappointed, but I can’t do anything without a suitable blood count.

“The events have been re-arranged for when I’m better.”

The former English Martyrs, Hartlepool Sixth Form and Durham and Sunderland University student told on Monday how she was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer in April, having previously been given the all-clear last October.

She had urged other women and girls to make sure they attend their smear tests, and was boosted to know friends had since taken on board her advice and booked appointments.

Today she asked others to consider donating blood, which can help people in her situation.

She said: “Another way of supporting me is by donating blood as many patients going through chemotherapy need blood transfusions.”

She is due to have a day of chemotherapy on Monday.

Ann-Marie, whose parents Ann and Mick Walsh, both 53, and sister Melissa Walsh, 19, live in West View Road and has a sister Philippa, 30, in the Army, received a boost this week as a photo shoot she did with prestigious high society magazine Country Life in which she features, hit the shelves.

She had previously posed in a spoof Country Life photoshoot as part of a ‘model for a day’ wish on her bucket list, and publishers got in touch so she could do the real thing.

A fund set up by Ann-Marie to help her afford crippling holiday insurance costs for trips on her bucket list has reached £4,525, exceeding her £4,000 target just hours after her story appeared in the Hartlepool Mail on Monday.

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