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Mary Thompson pictured with her daughter Anna

Mary Thompson pictured with her daughter Anna

Mary Thompson pictured with her daughter Anna

As she sits at home in Ardcavan, blanket in lap with a cup of tea watching television, you'd never imagine the journey that 62-year-old Mary Thompson has been on.

Just a few short weeks ago, a priest had given her the last rights and her family had begun the devastating task of planning her funeral. However, nobody had banked on Mary's fighting spirit - something which has now gained her the affectionate nickname 'Mary Balboa'.

It all started for Mary back in November of last year. One evening while making dinner for the family, out of nowhere she roared out in pain, threw her hands in the air and collapsed on the floor. Initially, her family feared she had suffered a stroke, but this was just the beginning.