Sheffield mum, 40, dies of cancer so weird nurses have never heard of it

A grieving Sheffield man says he hopes to honor his wife’s dying wish by raising money for St Luke’s Hospice following her death from cancer aged 40.

Rob Turner’s ‘brave’ wife Lesley died on July 22 last year, and in November 2021 she was diagnosed with a rare cancer angiosarcoma. After finding a lump in her breast, Lesley and Rob were told the condition was ‘incurable’.

During several trips to Sheffield’s Northern General and Weston Park hospitals, the couple realized that cancer was so rare that some of the nurses had never even heard of it. Rob said: “We knew pretty quickly that he was serious. Lesley though,” he just smiled and said, ‘I’m still here.'”

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The mother-of-one asked doctors not to tell her how much time she had left. Rob, 41, said: “He had chemotherapy for about four months, but he always had a smile on his face and said ‘if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry’, so we tried to keep going.”

Lesley, a mother of one, spent the last five days of her life at St Luke’s and made Rob “promise” that if he raised funds, it would be for St Luke’s. Speaking about the hospice, Rob said: “They took such good care, not just of Lesley but all the visitors, including me. They gave me a bed, they fed me and they gave me water, they took such good care of everyone.”

Rob and Lesley, who had a son together, eight-year-old Liam, met in Glasgow, Scotland in 2007. Rob was outfitting a store in Iceland where Lesley, originally from Stranraer, was the store manager, and the couple began to hit it off.


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