Even though three generations of a family were diagnosed with terminal cancer within a space of five months, the women have refused to give up their positive attitude and are busy preparing for an early Christmas lunch later this week.
Tyneside resident Doreen Pringle, 86, was diagnosed with leukemia back in December. Her daughter, Brenda Williams, 61, found in April that she had bladder cancer and just a few weeks later, Brenda's daughter, 41-year old Paula was told that she had cervical cancer and had just a few weeks to live.
The tragedy seems to have brought the three women even closer and Paula is busy readying for an early Christmas lunch with her whole family since she believes that she does not have much time to live.
The 41-year old believes that the late detection of the cancer has been her own fault since she last took a smear test 12 years ago and has urged other women not to make the same mistake.
"Women should be going for smear tests because it will be over 12 years for me, so people need to go and get checked out. This is my own doing", she said.