After battling cancer with great courage twice, Katie Buckley thought she finally had it beaten – especially as doctors told her that the chance of it coming back was just one percent.
She had already endured the loss of her father Mark in a tragic cycling accident in 2013 and now she has been dealt a fresh blow with news that the cancer is back.
Even though we had lost Mark we were staring to feel happy – that cloud had started to lift. I am devastated.Sharon Buckley
Katie’s mum Sharon, a healthcare assistant at the Royal Preston Hospital, said: “I have walked around with a cloud over my head for years.
“Even though I lost my husband Katie has been the focus, I said to the doctors as long as Katie is okay we’ll be okay.
“Even though we had lost Mark we were staring to feel happy – that cloud had started to lift. I am devastated.”
Last week Catterall girl Katie was in critical care at the Royal Preston Hospital with sepsis and has now been transferred to The Christie.
Katie, 21, who works at the Barton Grange gift shop, was first diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in 2009 when she was aged 15.
She had a relapse the following year and underwent a bone marrow transplant from her younger sister Ginny.
She had been doing well until she noticed a swelling in her face last year.
Results in December showed a huge tumour on the left side of her face behind her eye.
The tumour in and around Katie’s face and eye has lay dormant for four years while blood and bone marrow tests showed she was doing well the cancer has gone into her face, in her soft tissue.
She is undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy and Sharon said the tumour was 1mm off taking her eye sight out and 1mm from her brain and cracked the bone on the side of her face.
Mum-of-four Sharon said: “They thought she had beaten it, they said the chance of this happening was one per cent.”