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‘Beautiful’ mum who ‘fought till the end’ dies aged 27

A ‘beautiful’ mum who died of ovarian cancer has been described as a ‘warrior’ who ‘fought till the end.’

Estelle Wignall was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 22 years old and had a tumour ‘the size of a watermelon’ removed. But just months after doctors told her there were ‘no signs’ of her cancer returning, she received news in November 2020 that the cancer had returned and spread to other parts of her body.

The mum-of-one, from Wigan, said she knew something wasn’t right when she started to get symptoms again just months later. Doctors then discovered it has spread to her lungs and pelvis. Estelle was told she may only have two to three years left to live, the MEN reports.

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Despite the news that she may only have years left to live, Estelle was determined to fight the cancer and received six rounds of chemotherapy and two major surgeries. She also raised more than £30,000 through a Go Fund Me page to seek alternate treatments at various cancer centres in Mexico and Texas.

This week Estelle’s mum confirmed that the 27-year-old died on Wednesday, March 30. Announcing her death on a Facebook page called ‘Estelle – ovarian cancer awareness’, a family member wrote: “It’s with a heavy heart to let you all know that my beautiful daughter Estelle Wignall has passed away at 2.40am. She is now at peace.

“Thank you all for the support you have shown her over the last 12 months. She fought till the end like the little warrior she was. Rest in peace beautiful.”

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News last year, Estelle said: “I was first diagnosed aged just 22 after being laid on my bedroom floor in pain. I just could not move and I was rushed to the hospital where they first thought I had pelvic inflammatory disease.

“I went into the chemist to get my medication and just picked up a leaflet on ovarian cancer. I went home and read it and told my mum that I knew that was what I had.

“I had all the symptoms on the leaflet. Three months later, a scan showed that I had a large tumour, the size of a watermelon, which was then removed by the Christie in Manchester.”

Life seemed to be improving after her tumours were removed. Estelle made a full recovery and married her soulmate Mike in June 2019 in Texas. The couple had their first child, Brooke, in May 2020.

But just months later, she was handed the devastating news that her tumour had returned in her ovaries and had spread to her lungs and pelvis. After attending her GP complaining of abdominal pain, Estelle was referred for an urgent ultrasound which then showed an irregular tumour measuring as long as 12cm.

Following further investigations, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer for a second time, with advanced disease involving her liver and lungs. Estelle spoke openly about her cancer journey on social media in a bid to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms.

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