Burton student who is bed-bound given devastating news her mum has breast cancer

A college student who is bedridden due to a spinal injury said it was “difficult to put into words” how she feels after hearing the news that her mother has breast cancer.

Kay Puffer, 21, is currently bedridden after a spinal injury earlier this year resulted in one of her intervertebral discs being dislocated. She said she was devastated after her mother Mary was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in September.

Kay, who is studying psychology at the Open University, will shave her hair to show solidarity with her mother and at the same time to collect donations.

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She said, “Nobody knows what happened in July. I just had a backache, which meant I couldn’t move quite like that.

“I wasn’t overly active, but I did more than I realize now. I fell in September. I just walked down the stairs at home in Branston and my legs just went. My lower body went numb and I fell” Down the stairs I was hospitalized and found that I had a herniated disc.

“I’m stuck in bed now. I live alone, but I have carers who come and help me.”

Just two weeks later, Kay received devastating news that her mother Mary, 62, who works at the Branston Cooperative, had cancer.

Kay said, “Mom is really funny. When she’s around, it never gets boring. She always makes people laugh with a funny story or joke.

“I think it was about two weeks after my fall, we found a lump and she originally didn’t want to have it examined, but I insisted. I was at the appointment with her cent chance that she had cancer.

“It is a very difficult feeling to describe when you receive this message. Everything just stopped. It was very difficult.”

A picture of Kay and Mary
Kay and Maria

Kaye added, “We all try to make her laugh and smile. Appointments started pretty quickly after that, and she had her first chemo session about two to three weeks after her diagnosis.

“When you start chemo, your immune system is gone. You keep getting worse and the side effects of chemo kick in. You won’t do anything if you were really sick and Mom was really sick. We had to stop and start again.”

Kaye said she will shave her hair off to show her solidarity with her mother who is losing her hair.

She said, “Anytime you go out with mom, she could go out in her pajamas, but her hair always had to be perfect. She only has short hair, but she always makes it beautiful. It is terrible for them to fall out. she felt sad and scared.

“She’s up and down and has her days with up and down, but I think that’s kind of to be expected. At the moment she is better than she thought. But we both really have problems because we can’t help each other.

“She worked at the co-op in Branston and every customer and colleague loved her. When I could go out and we went to town together, it always took her hours because she always met someone she knew.

“The idea to shave my hair came from the fact that she loved her hair. As long as we’re healthy, I don’t care what we look like. I want to support mom, to be honest, nothing else matters . “

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