MUM-OF-TWO Kirsty Mcdonald suffered another setback after she was admitted to hospital when she started to struggle with palpitations.

But it will take a lot more than an unexpected hospital visit to break her fighting spirit.

The 26-year-old is now hoping to make this Christmas one to remember with her two girls Eva and Ella.

“I’m praying for a good Christmas this year as the past three have been awful,” said Kirsty, from Orford.

“In 2015, they rang before Christmas to say something came back in Eva’s bloods regarding her disability diagnosis.

“We didn’t know what was wrong and we had to wait for answers.

“In January 2016 I was diagnosed for the first time and then that Christmas I was waiting for surgery in the January.

“In the Christmas of 2017 I was on treatment so I was really unwell.”

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Earlier this year, Kirsty was told that the cancer had returned for the third time in 18 months and this time it was aggressive and had spread to her lymph nodes.

But the mum-of-two was determined not to be beaten and more than £40,000 has been raised to fund any further treatment outside the NHS as well as provide financial relief as she fights the disease.

After returning from Germany where she had treatment to boost her immune system through natural holistic therapies, Kirsty was back in hospital over fears she was suffering from a pulmonary embolism.

But the scan came back negative.

“I always panic when having a scan in case the cancer has spread further. To have had a scan of my lungs and chest and for it all to be normal is so reassuring,” she said.

Now the mum is determined to ‘live her best life’ and certainly isn’t going to let cancer stop her.

“I’m better now but I was feeling down after chemo,” she said.

“I really felt like I was giving up but I managed to pick myself back up and I’m back to fighting.

“It’s my girls that keep me going. They need their mum.”

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