The family of a woman who died on Christmas Day paid tribute to him.
Debbie Platts, of Sapcote, Leicester, died at the age of 45 on Christmas morning after her two-year battle with lung cancer.
The former nurse shared her story via a blog and Facebook page because she wanted to comfort and support other people living with the disease, reports LeicestershireLive.
She is survived by her husband Sam and her three daughters, Chanel, Taylor and Paris.
Sam said she stayed positive until the end despite being almost unable to walk.
“It has been a couple of difficult years, but the past few months have been very difficult. His illness took up a lot of space towards the end, ”he said.
Debbie Platts with husband Sam (right) three days before her death.
“She was beautiful, she was incredible, she was the kindest and most attentive woman I have met. She was brilliant, always smiling, even at the end. “
Debbie started showing symptoms in February 2018, waking up one morning with excruciating back pain and a chest infection.
As the pain persisted, she decided to have an examination to see what was wrong, and a CT scan and biopsy revealed that she had a left lung mass.
Doctors told them the terrible news that she had terminal cancer that could only be treated with treatment.
Debbie was determined to continue her life as usual and created a Facebook page, Nurse with the big “C” urse, where she regularly posted photos and updates on her treatment and future plans.
She told LeicestershireLive last year, “I didn’t want sympathy or pity, I just wanted my story to be heard, because when you get diagnosed like this, you can have all your family and friends close to you, but you still feel so isolated, scared and alone. “
She talked about the challenge of living with cancer, saying, “This is one of the last things I think about at night and a few minutes after I am awake, it is in the foreground of my mind.
“I try to distract myself by thinking about all the wonderful things I haven’t experienced yet and the places I have to visit. It helps me cope.
“I need these goals to aim so that bad days are my loved ones, my goals and my memories that allow me to pass.”
Debbie and Sam were married in the summer of 2018 at the Sketchley Grange Hotel and they spent time in Ibiza and Rhodes, despite her illness.
Debbie Platts on her wedding day with husband Sam and three daughters.
The family announced his death on Christmas Day with a post on the Facebook page.
He urged people to “hold on to those you love a little tighter and a little longer tonight and never take good times for granted because life can be so cruel and wrest those precious moments . “
Sam said, “We always prepared Christmas dinner and everyone came. In fact, more people came than expected.
“We had about 25 to 35 people. This is what she would have liked. “
His funeral at the crematorium in southern Leicestershire brought together some 300 people, Chanel reading a poem written specially for the occasion.
Debbie is visited by her little niece.
Sam, 37, said he was determined to continue raising awareness about lung cancer because people mistakenly think it is a smoker’s disease when Debbie never smoked.
He and 30 family friends take part in a charity bike ride from Leicester to Skegness for the benefit of Loros Hospice, who has cared for Debbie in his final weeks.
They also plan to maintain the blog and Facebook page.
When asked what advice he would give to a family whose loved one had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer, Sam said, “Everyone takes it differently, it’s so hard to handle.”
My heart is heavy
You are our star in the sky
It’s so difficult for all of us
I’m lost without you
By my side
God only knows
How much i cried
My nights are long
My days are dark
I lost my spark
You are my world
You shine so bright
I’m so proud of you
For fighting the good fight
You’re still here
Every breath that I take
You are always near
Every step I take
I will make you proud
I will take the test
I will show you that
You raised the best
Sam and your daughters
Mean the world for you
And that I promise
I swear i will
I will always make sure
That they will be fine
I will try my best
To make the future bright
I will live for both of us
Always in my heart
Forever and ever
“You have to try to be as positive as possible. Examine all the options you have.
“Hope is a wonderful thing, keep it with you all the time.
“If you let things get to you, things can get worse faster.
“We had bad news and bad news, but Debbie always stayed positive.”
For the latest family updates, visit the nurse with the large Facebook page for the urn “C”.
Visit the Loros Hospice website for more information on the charity bike ride.