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Stairlift allows brave cancer patient to return home

28th November 2013

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

A brave RAF flight lieutenant with cervical cancer has been able to return to her family home after a suitable stair lift and ramp were added to her parents' home in Hartlepool. Ann-Marie Noble has a tumour in her leg that has left her unable to stand fully upright, but she is not letting this stop her from living a happy and fulfilled life.

The stairlift and ramp were installed thanks to the RAF Benevolent Fund, which covered the cost of these adaptations that will allow Ann-Marie to make the most of her home. Ann-Marie is now living back with her parents in their Hartlepool property and plans to spend all her time with family, friends and doing the things that she always wanted to do whilst she still has reserves of energy.

She has so far ridden a Harley Davidson along Route 66, organised a hen-do with her friends at posh venues in London - which included staying at the St Pancras Hotel - and taken part in the Remembrance Sunday service in Hartlepool, dressed in her RAF uniform alongside fellow cadets. She has even been a bridesmaid for her cousin, taken her nephew to Disneyland Paris and plans to spend Christmas with all her family at Center Parcs in Longleat, which are all things that were essential items on her 'bucket list'.

Thanks to the addition of the stairlift and ramp, Ann-Marie can now spend lots of time with her parents and enjoy being in the family home when not exploring the world. Although many would struggle to come to terms with the effects of cervical cancer, she has managed to stay positive and achieve some of her life-long wishes: an example of how enduring optimism and finding ways to solve problems can help us to enjoy life all the more.

Click here to read more about Ann-Marie's story.

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