In the letter, Gemma Sisson wrote that this is something that could happen to anyone, so the best thing to do would be to live life to the fullest.
A newlywed who died after a two-year battle with cancer seems to have posted a message on Facebook from beyond the grave. The gym-fanatic from Leeds, West Yorkshire, started the post by saying that if it's up online, that means she's passed. Gemma Sisson, 39, told friends and family members "she was finally at peace." She had written a bittersweet letter for her friends and family. She wrote: If this is being posted it means I’ve finally died after weeks of clinging on far too long. Although I’ll be heartbroken to leave behind all my loved ones I’ll be so glad to get away from what this bastard disease has left me as.
She added that this letter was also a request for people to push for secondary scans, just so they know for real about their diagnosis. I really hope that by sharing my cancer story and petitioning for secondary cancers scans to be made mandatory I’ve made a positive impact, and even if only 1 person gets some help from this then I will feel like I have accomplished something good. I really can’t thank Rick enough who has been by side all the way and given me an amazing amount of love and support throughout this horrific time. 💕I want all my loved ones to know that the pain and suffering has now stopped and I am now finally at peace. ❤
Gemma Sisson then thanked her family, and her social media followers for their constant support. I am also grateful for all the support I have received from all of my followers on social media. If anyone is going to take anything from this, it is that life is short and that we all think these sorts of things will never happen to us. Well, I thought that, and let me tell you now, this could happen to anyone of you reading this. So live your life to the fullest, don't take anything or anyone for granted because none of us really know what is around the corner. But I am definitely glad that my time is now up😬, see you on the flip side mother fuckers!
According to Daily Mail, Gemma was diagnosed with pelvic cancer in April 2018. At first, the lump in her groin area was diagnosed as an ingrown hair. Months later, though the lump had grown in size, she was told not to worry about it. In March 2018, the lump had grown to the size of an egg and it was extremely painful. Finally, she got several tests done the following month which revealed it was stage 3 cancer in four of her lymph nodes in her pelvis. "I felt super healthy, had no weight loss or change in appetite, I wasn't feeling run-down or anything," said Gemma, at the time of her diagnosis.
"I was so confident it was nothing serious I went on my own to get the results of the biopsy, and even when I was told I didn't take it in properly. It was only when they mentioned chemo and radiotherapy that I realized what it meant." She then underwent weeks of difficult radiotherapy and a year of aftercare. Sadly, just one month after she was informed she was cancer-free, doctors discovered that her cancer had returned, and was a lot more aggressive. She was experiencing severe backaches, and so when she got it checked out, she learned that the cancer was back. An MRI revealed it had spread to her spine, liver, and stomach.
"This is what picked up the tumors in my spine," she explained. "I had been to the GP, A&E and even a chiropractor with the pain, but he was the only one to realize the seriousness of the situation." She then underwent a 10-hour surgery to try and remove the tumor, but with no luck. "It was devastating," she said. "I had read the week before about how secondary cancer is rarely curable, so I did have an idea that this could be the outcome, but it was very hard news to hear." In February of this year, she was given the devastating news that she just had months to live. Gemma was moved to the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds on April 13.
That's where she got married to Ricky Moore, the love of her life, as they were given special permission from the hospice. On 22nd July, Gemma bid farewell to the world. Ricky, too, shared the devastating news on his Facebook, adding that the 16 years he spent with her were the best. Gemma's sister Emma shared updates about the funeral, adding that it will be held on 31st July. Emma Sisson also added that because of the Covid-19 restrictions, only 30 people would be allowed to attend. She further added that this would mean that Gemma wouldn't be getting the farewell she truly deserves.