Monday 18 December 2017

WATCH: 'I can do it' Brave Irish mum records emotional moment her hair is cut off as fight against cancer goes on

Martin Maclaren

A Belfast mum battling pancreatic cancer has made an emotional video of the moment she lost her blonde hair.

Aundrea McElveen-Bannatyne (42) bravely recorded the painful moment as part of her campaign to raise £200,000 for life-prolonging treatment in Germany.

She was given the devastating news in July that an inoperable tumour was wrapped around her pancreas and secondary lesions were in her liver.

Hope was renewed when Aundrea found out she could be treated at the Hallwang Clinic in Frankfurt, but a single injection costs £9,000 and treatment is likely to exceed £200,000.

Aundrea - mum to sons Jack (14) and James (10) - must also pay £2,800 a month to Belfast's City Hospital for "top-up chemo".

She said: "When I wake up in the morning or brush my hair, clumps of it are coming out in my hands because of the chemo.

"I asked my dad if he would cut it but he didn't want to, he wanted a hairdresser to do it, but I said no I wanted him to do it.

"I love hair, make-up and glamour and anyone who knows me knows how I love to look my best, so it was very hard."

Courtesy of Aundrea's Army.

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