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“Incredible” mum given six months to live aged 30 survived for another 21 years

An ‘incredible’ mum who was told by doctors at the age of 30 she had just six months left to live has died, more than 20 years after the bombshell news.

Michelle “Shelly” Edwards was 30 when she was first diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Despite being told by doctors she had about six months to live she bravely fought on for an incredible 21 years.

Sadly, she has now lost her fight in the care of nursing staff at a nursing home in Grimsby, Grimsby live reports.

Speaking of her mum’s death daughter Jessica said: “Even in her last days she was not giving in. Because it affected her spine it affected her walking and her mobility went because she had no felling in her legs.

Despite being given just six months to live she fought on for decades

“It wasn’t long until she was paralysed. But at Pinderfields hospital they taught her to walk again.

“Even in her last couple of years when she went for treatment she was in the ward inspiring the other patients in the oncology ward, showing them how to keep going. She would have a laugh in the hospital.

“The doctors thought she was incredible and were led by her and were impressed how strong she was. Her mum, Ann, was the one who gave her all the care because she was a specialist nurse. Gran was the one who kept her going.”

Shelly, as she was most popularly known, served as a special constable for Humberside Police from the age of 19 years until her diagnosis.

She was also a volunteer steward at Grimsby Town FC.

Jessica said: “One of her passions was seeing the police horses at the stadium. So we have arranged for a horse-drawn hearse to carry her to the crematorium on Thursday.”

Devoted mother Shelly Edwards, who died aged 51 after long battle with bone cancer
Devoted mother Shelly, who died aged 51 after long battle with bone cancer

Shelly was one of three children to the late Ann Edwards, a former special children’s nurse and her husband Terry Edwards. Shelly lived most of her life in Barcroft Street in Cleethorpes and was renowned for wearing her favourite colour red.

Her coffin will be covered in red roses to reflect her love of the colour. She had red hair and always wore a red coat, shoes and red lipstick, her devoted daughter said.

She added: “She was happy, bubbly and lots of fun. She adored horses.”

She also paid tribute to the care her mother received at the Clarendon Hall, Humberston, nursing home in the final months of her life as she battled bone cancer.

Her family have chosen Bryan Adams’ Summer of ’69, Tina Turner’s Simply the Best” and Nena’s 99 Red Balloons for the invite-only service at the funeral from 1.30pm on Thursday.

She is survived by her father and brothers, Martin and Malcolm and her daughter.


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