WHEN a mother was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour it turned her family’s life upside down.
Samantha Edwards, 52, is currently undergoing treatment after she was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme – a fast growing, aggresive brain tumour with a poor prognosis – in November 2021.
Her daughter, 26-year-old Nancie Edwards, lives in Penarth and said: “Mum started chemotherapy just before Christmas, so we’re over halfway there.
“She is doing really well and being so upbeat, trying to carry on as normal. She enjoys being around the family and pets.
“My dad [Julian] was managing director at a train company but has stepped down from the role so he can work from home and care for her.
“In sad circumstances people realise what’s important.”
Nancie Edwards said that it’s “cruel” that her mum is facing this health battle, adding: “Prior to this I knew people who’d lost loved ones to cancer.
“I didn’t realise that this is the most common type of brain tumour but has the worst prognosis.”
Nancie – who moved from her Cowbridge family home to her own place in Penarth last year – is now preparing to take on the Swansea half marthon to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity.
She will joined by her younger sister, 21-year-old Robyn Edwards, and her fiancée Elliot Evans.
“I’ve never really been into running,” admitted Nancie Edwards.
“My sister suggested it and I found it helps clear my head.”
The siblings completed a 10K and decided a half marathon would be a “real achievement” for them and Elliot Evans while raising funds and awareness for The Brain Tumour Charity.
Nancie is now running a few times a week to prepare for the Swansea half marathon, which will be on June 12.
Within just one week – and despite two months to go until the event – the trio has raised more than £3,000 for charity.
“I was not expecting to raise this much,” said Nancie Edwards.
“I thought a £500 goal was achievable from friends and family, but it’s gone beyond this – colleagues and people I haven’t seen in years have donated.
“I think we take for granted that there’s so many people who will lend a hand and show their support; people are so generous and lovely.”
People can donate online at gofundme.com/f/for-my-mum-samantha-edwards