Alyson’s mum

“67 is no age to die. It’s still young. She should have been watching her grandchildren grow up.”

Alyson Jordan, 50, from Birtley, lost her dear mum, Heather, in 2016 aged just 67, after an eight-year battle with COPD.

Alyson said: “Mum was always so full of life. She always had her hair done and loved music – she was the life and soul of the party.

“She smoked around 20 – 30 cigarettes a day for over 40 years and regularly had chest problems and asthma. We noticed that she was getting really breathless and we were worried about her. One day she went to sleep and was found unconscious in bed the next morning. She was rushed to hospital and was diagnosed at just 59 with severe emphysema – a type of COPD.

“I remember seeing her leaning over the kitchen bench struggling to get her breath and I noticed small changes in her – she wasn’t socialising or going out with her friends as much – which she used to love doing.

“She was coming up to her 60th birthday and should have been enjoying her retirement. After her diagnosis, it was awful. Anxiety and depression set in and she became housebound. She stopped doing everything, even down to making a cup of coffee.

“When I think about that time, I just can’t believe that she went from the woman she was to the woman she became. She wasn’t like my mum. She went from a healthy weight to around seven stone and she was skin and bones. It was heart-breaking to see.

“She ended up on oxygen 24 hours a day. She was such a proud woman, she didn’t want to use it.

“After she died, I would still ring her. We used to speak on the phone all the time. It’s so strange without her. I still want to ring my mum.

“67 is no age to die. It’s still young. She should have been watching her grandchildren grow up.”


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