A 20-year-old woman diagnosed with terminal cancer said her only wish is to make “amazing memories” during the time she has left with her loved ones.
Shanice Myers, of South Lynn, has an extremely rare and aggressive spine and brain cancer.
She and her family have been left devastated after she was told in March she had between six to 12 months to live.
Miss Myers said her prognosis had been overwhelming and very hard to come to terms with.
But, she is determined to enjoy every day she has left and spend precious time with her mum Caroline Chelsom and her 14-year-old brother, Kye Myers.
“I’m staying positive, just try and take each day as it comes and enjoy every moment with my mum and brother,” she said.
Miss Myers, who lives with her family, had been experiencing excruciating pain in her back and numbness in her leg, which rapidly got worse over five weeks before her diagnosis of diffuse midline glioma with histone H3 K27M gene mutation.
Within six weeks, she had gone from walking independently to using a wheelchair and is still experiencing a lot of pain.
Miss Myers has been travelling to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on weekdays for radiotherapy treatment which is set to continue until the end of next month.
This week, Miss Myers who, before her diagnosis, worked at McDonald’s in King’s Lynn and West Lynn, decided to launch an online fundraising page titled “Enjoy Everyday Fund”.
On the page, Miss Myers has spoken candidly about how her illness has affected her and said: “One month ago I was walking, working and well. And now I’m pretty much paralysed from the waist down, on a catheter.”
“I’ve been told I’ve got months left, can’t have children, may never see the age of 22, potentially paralysed fully, deterioration of my mental health, wellbeing, endless things.”
As her health has rapidly deteriorated Miss Myers is struggling at home without a downstairs bathroom. She has to wash in the kitchen and sleep in the living room.
“It’s so restrictive at the moment. I would love to live in a bungalow so I could have a washroom and bedroom downstairs because everything I need would be accessible – that would be my ultimate dream,” she said.
But her overriding wish is to make memories every day with her beloved mum and brother.
“I love my mum and little brother with all my heart, they’re my everything and as I said, since I’ve had this news, my only wish is to make amazing memories with these special people, smile everyday enjoy every day as it comes and live life to the fullest,” she said on her page.
Within two of days of the fundraising page going live, it had been shared more than 480 times and £2,655, beating her £2,500 target.
Miss Myers said: “I could not believe how many donations had come in. The public support has been amazing.
“I’m so overwhelmed and I have never experienced this amount of money in my life. We haven’t had the best of upbringings with the money side of things.
“My mum always made sure we had food, drink and clothes but we never had luxury things, so having money now is like a dream, I feel like a princess.”
Miss Myers said the money would help pay for a more heavy duty wheelchair as her current one was “falling to pieces”.
The money will also be spent on anything else she needs, treats and possibly a holiday, as Miss Myers has never been abroad.
Miss Myers said she wanted to stress how grateful she was to all who had donated.
“I want everyone to know how appreciative I am for that, it means so much to me because I honestly feel I have won the lottery.
“I feel amazing, it is so, so nice of everyone to help me and donate all this money just so I can have my little dream for what time I have left.”
To make a donation to the Enjoy Every Day Fund visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/2csnyubpqo/donate