Tributes have flooded in for an “always smiling” woman who has died aged 28.
Emma I’Anson, of Fishwick, Preston, loved riding her bike, listening to Bob Marley, and playing with her nephews and nieces, but was gradually robbed of it all by primary progressive MS.
Six years after diagnosis, she was left unable to eat, walk or see, but nothing got her down.
Mum Carol, 52, said: “She never complained. She always had a smile on her face, even when she was in hospital.”
Emma, who had learning difficulties, was only diagnosed with MS after Carol took her worries to the doctor.
She said: “Emma was falling over a lot, but the doctor told me there was nothing wrong.
“I had to fight and fight and fight to get scans and tests.
“When she was finally diagnosed it was a massive shock and I had to research everything on the internet, because it’s really rare.”
Carol took the role of carer for Wayne Rooney-loving Emma, who she shared a birthday with and describes as her soul-mate.
She added: “For the past four years I was her carer and did everything for her, 24/7. Now I feel like I’ve got nothing left.”
At Emma’s funeral, after her death on July 7, her family were moved by the amount of people who took Emma to their hearts.
Carol said: “It was absolutely heaving, and everyone was saying how positive and inspirational she was.”
As well as mum Carol and dad Shane, Emma leaves brother Christopher, sister Donna, step-brothers Wayne and Shaune, and step-sister Tracey.
Tracey, 38, said: “It’s all still raw and nobody can believe she’s gone. She was a huge part of our lives and much loved.”