Christmas memories precious for mum given weeks to live
PUBLISHED: 11:44 21 December 2019 | UPDATED: 15:05 21 December 2019
Nowhere will every festive memory be more treasured than at the home of beauty blogger Samantha Last who was told she might not live to see Christmas.
The 49-year-old mum of four, who has seven grandchildren, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour after going to A&E with a headache in September.
Having received the devastating news that her condition was terminal, doctors advised her to go home to Diss and spend her final weeks with her family.
She broke the news to the 15,000 followers of her YouTube channel where she offers makeup tips to older woman, in a heart-breaking video.
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Subsequently she underwent a six-hour operation at Addenbrooke's to partially remove the tumour and has been receiving radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment.
But her family, including four children Danny, Jasmine, Ebony and Brandon, know that every day is precious and are determined to make Christmas special.
Her husband David said the family had already got together on December 15 as Samantha might not be up to Christmas Day.
He said: "We had all the family over because I had to bring everything forward because I just don't want to wait in case anything happens.
"We didn't have the full Christmas meal because Samantha wasn't up to it, but we had all the family together.
"It was emotional but everyone wanted to keep positive. There were no tears or anything. It was all happy. We were reminiscing rather than talking about the illness."
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If Samantha is up to it the family plan to get together again over the festive period for a motor home outing.
Samantha underwent her final two treatments of radiotherapy and chemotherapy before Christmas. Before doctors access her progress in four weeks she will mark her 50th birthday on New Year's Eve.
Mr Last said: "We so much want her to reach such a special birthday. But we just don't know. It is a bit like a ticking clock, we don't know when it is going to go off. Each day we are just thankful everything is fine.
"The treatment has been quite harrowing but she is positive and in good spirits and that is the main thing."
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During her treatment Samantha has been able to rekindle her love of posting YouTube videos. In one of her most recent updates people on her progress and thanked people for their support.
"I want to thank everyone; you have been amazing. I do have some bad days but the support that I have received has been amazing," she said.
"It has been hard, a struggle and difficult. I wouldn't wish that operation on anyone, but I have come through it.
"The Norfolk and Norwich and Addenbrooke's have prolonged my life. I wouldn't be here now without their help and I am so grateful for everything."