Brave Caia Park woman died in mum's arms

Published date: 10 April 2014 |
Published by: Nathan Rowden
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A TEENAGER with a “heart of gold” from Wrexham died just three weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.

Nicole Powell, who was 19, died in the early hours of Sunday in her mother’s arms.

Nicole’s mum Tammy Forward, who lived with her daughter in Caia Park, said the diagnosis was a complete shock.

She said: “Nicole had been complaining about pain in her right hand side for a couple of weeks.

“We ended up in A&E with suspected gall stones but while there a consultant sent her for scans, saying her organs weren’t right.

“She had a CT scan which showed she had tumours on various organs and on her adrenal gland.

“Because the hospital couldn’t treat it she was sent to Christies after they had told us it was incurable and Nicole had months to live.”

When Nicole got to The Christie specialist cancer hospital in Withington, Manchester, medics confirmed she was suffering from a rare form of adrenal cancer.

She went for an outpatients appointment at Christies last Thursday but because her blood pressure was so high she was not allowed to leave.

Her condition quickly deteriorated over the next few days and on the Saturday night Nicole’s family surrounded her at her bedside.

Mrs Forward said: “We were all there. I was on the bed holding her with her head on my chest.

“My last words to her were ‘Go to sleep now babe, everybody loves you’.”

At 3.20am on Sunday Nicole died, eight weeks before her 20th birthday.

Mrs Forward said: “We only had three weeks from the diagnosis until she died. It was so quick and unreal.

“She was so brave and fought until the end. She never once complained about the pain she was in.”

Mrs Forward said Nicole loved music and television shows like TOWIE,The Valleys and the comedy Bottom, but her main passion and love was her boyfriend Bobby Christpher, a childhood sweetheart she had been together with for five years.

“Nicole’s world was Bobby,” said Mrs Forward. “She was always with him and regularly went to Wrexham FC games with him, although she would mainly sit and play Candy Crush on her phone. She went because she wanted to be with him.

“She was so lovely and will be missed by us all, she had a heart of gold.

“She could be feisty and was a straight as a die, and we loved her.”

Nicole leaves behind her mum and dad Tammy and Mark, siblings Nick, Kirsty, Ryan, Dale, Emily and Keira and  boyfriend Bobby, 21, also of Caia Park.

In messages on Facebook, Bobby has written: "Friends and family and Nicole's family have been so supportive. I'm so grateful I have such good friends and an ace family. I can't thank you enough.

"Losing not only my girlfriend but also my best friend is the worst feeling I'll ever have.

"For her to be taken away in such a short time. I'm truly gutted and devastated. We had our whole lives in front of us.”

Everyone is asked to wear brightly coloured clothes at Nicole’s funeral which will be held at St Giles Parish Church in Wrexham at 1.45pm on Tuesday, to be followed by a committal at the Pentrebychan Crematorium.

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