A solo mum has promised her young daughter ‘magic medicine will make mummy better’ after being diagnosed with breast cancer at just 40.
Melissa Lomas, of Poynton, Cheshire, is fundraising for a wig so she can keep her promise to her six-year-old daughter, Scarlett.
After being diagnosed with ‘aggressive’ cancer, she held little Scarlett close and promised to get matching wigs after the schoolgirl pleaded: “don’t lose your hair, you look beautiful.”
Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer just over a month ago, and is now set to undergo treatment during England’s lockdown period.
She said the length of the NHS waiting lists had forced her to go private for a diagnosis.
The solo mum is coping with her diagnosis by keeping up high spirits to buoy her daughter.
Desperate to stop Scarlett from worrying about her, they decided to name her tumour ‘Bugsley’ and are planning on co-ordinating their wigs while they get through this tough time.
Melissa said: “I found a lump on my breast and realised it could be cancer – but I was told the earliest mammogram I could have was in a month because I was only 40 and didn’t have any other symptoms.
“I didn’t want to take the risk so I ended up going private, and I’m so thankful I did. The scan found grade-3 invasive ductile cancer, so I could have been terminal by now if I’d waited a month.
“I don’t blame the NHS at all because they don’t have the resources to give everyone the scans they need, so some people like me end up slipping through the net.
“If any good could come from this, I’d love it to raise awareness that it can happen to anyone. Ultimately they need to lower the age for quick mammograms and make sure everyone gets scanned early.
“Breaking the news to Scarlett was really hard, but I made sure to do it in a way she could understand.
“I told her mummy was poorly and I had to have some magic medicine. I said she shouldn’t be worried because the magic medicine would make mummy better.
“We called the tumour ‘Bugsley’, and after my operation I told her Bugsley was gone but I still have tiny little Bugsleys left and the medicine will make them go off into the wild.”
Melissa set up a GoFundMe page for a wig after Scarlett begged her to not lose her hair.
The page has raised more than £1,200 in less than a week – and Melissa has promised that her real hair will be donated to McMillan so kids can get their own wigs made.
The fundraising page, posted on October 28, said the breastcancer diagosis was a “shock” to her, as someone only