‘My story is a lesson to everyone to celebrate Christmas’ says cancer mum

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 December 2011

Naomi Thomas with her husband Graham and son Devon. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 5387-50-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Naomi Thomas with her husband Graham and son Devon. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 5387-50-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24


A TERMINALLY ill Naomi says goodwill and Christmas spirit towards fundraising exploits in Sidmouth is ‘overwhelming’

A star in the sky, to remember mummy

NAOMI has bought her baby son a Christmas gift she hopes will forever remind him of her – an actual star in the heavens.

“For us, the best present we have is that I am still here a year on from being told my cancer had spread,” she said. “My wish is to be here next Christmas too.

“There’s one gift we’ve got Devon that won’t mean much to him this year, but maybe will one day. We’ve bought him a star. We’ve called it ‘Mummy’s Star’. When I am no longer here he can look at Mummy’s Star and think of me.

“My family don’t like to talk as though it’s my last Christmas, but I’ll certainly be celebrating it like it’s my last. I’ll be taking in every single special moment.”

A TERMINALLY ill young mum says the goodwill and Christmas spirit shown to her in Sidmouth has ‘restored her faith in the world’.

Naomi Thomas, 29, says getting the chance to celebrate another festive season with her family is the only gift she really wants this year.

Naomi doesn’t know if she has six months or 10 years to live after breast cancer - she thought she’d beaten - spread to her spine.

She was told she had an incurable tumour just days after the birth of her son Devon.

Despite the illness, the Sidmothian has launched a bid to help others and boost a trio of causes that have aided her.

“I think my story is a lesson to everyone to celebrate Christmas, and be with your family, as thought it’s your last - every year. You just don’t know what’s around the corner,” said Naomi.

She will stage a Pink Ladies Day at Kennaway House on January 15 to benefit FORCE, CoppaFeel, and the Willow Foundation, and has been “overwhelmed” by the town’s support for the event.

“The well-wishes and Christmas spirit have been wonderful,” said Naomi.

“The town can’t do enough for you - It’s been heart warming.

“I guess, with my illness, I’d lost a little faith in the world. It’s been restored now.

“For people to still be giving in this economic climate says a lot about Sidmouth. I’m hugely grateful.”

Other cancer sufferers have contacted Naomi after reading about her story.

“When you’re told you have cancer you join a club that no one wants to be in,” said Naomi, whose family home is in Manstone Avenue.

“The people I’ve met along the journey have been such a pleasure, so at least there is one bonus.

“It’s a very lonely time when you are diagnosed. You often don’t want to talk to your family about it in fear of upsetting them.

“It’s nice just to speak to someone who ‘understands’.”

Naomi, who now lives in Wellington, Somerset, has also made an unexpected new pal in Sidmouth-based events planner Samantha Williams, of Bennetts Hill, who’s volunteered her time and expertise to help with the Pink Ladies Day.

“A fantastic friendship has blossomed. I feel very lucky. I couldn’t have done it without Sam,” said Naomi.

Her fiancée Graham, 32, said: “I’m so proud of Naomi and know that, when Devon is old enough to understand all that his mummy did, he will be too.”

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