Tributes have been paid to ‘Manx warrior’ Lucy Callow who has died from cancer aged 20.
Lucy (nee Parker) was featured on the front page of the Isle of Man Examiner in July last year when she married her sweetheart Nick Callow in a moving ceremony at her hospital bedside at Noble’s Hospital.
Donations by friends, family and well-wishers who had been touched by Lucy’s story enabled the couple to enjoy a wedding reception the following month at the Mount Murray Hotel and Country Club and a honeymoon at Center Parcs. Also in August Lucy joined hundreds of residents on the NSC track to take part in the fourth Relay for Life in the island.
Her mother Michelle Leeming, of Barrule Drive, Onchan, said: ‘Lucy was surrounded with love and family when she passed away. It was calm, peaceful and dignified. I knew it would be, that was Lucy.
‘My life will never be the same again, I have no idea how to move forward yet, but my broken, shattered heart is also filled with enormous pride for my family and of course Lucy’s loving and always supportive husband Nick. ‘Nick and Lucy showed us what real, true love is - the stuff of novels and blockbusting movies Nick said the other day!’
Lucy was diagnosed with the rare rhabdomyosarcoma four years ago.
She underwent intensive chemotherapy, radiotherapy and numerous operations and in June 2012 was given the news she was in remission.
But 13 months later she was told the cancer had returned, and was terminal.
Michelle said: ‘The Christie Hospital was also home for four years, without it we wouldn’t have had our girl for the four years we did.
‘Their excellent care and attitude towards cancer made Lucy so positive to fight for as long as she did.
‘Staff fell for Lucy there too, she would never moan or complain. For her strength shown after one of her many operations she became known as “The Manx Warrior” by one of the surgical teams.’
As well as the staff at Noble’s Hospital who she said had become their friends, Michelle thanked Hospice Isle of Man for their care and support in Lucy’s final days.
‘It is a place filled with real life angels, a place where I no longer had to be Lucy’s nurse or her carer, I could for the last time be Lucy’s mum.
‘Thank you so much for that time, I will cherish it always.’
Since her death on Friday, hundreds of people have paid tribute to her online and lit candles in her memory.
A Celebration of Lucy’s life takes place today (Wednesday) at 12.30pm at St Peter’s Church, Onchan.
Michelle said: ‘Lucy requested that we all wore something yellow as that was her favourite colour.’
The family have asked that instead of flowers donations are made to Wish Upon A Dream Isle of Man.
The service will be followed by a private family cremation but everyone is then welcome to join the family for a drink at The Crescent, in Queen’s Promenade, Douglas.