THE family of a 53-year-old gran-of-11 who was given weeks to live just before Christmas are looking for donations to give her the send off she deserves.

Sharon Owens from Sutton was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) in January 2018 at the age of 51.

After going through chemotherapy and surgery to remove the head of her pancreas, the first part of her small intestine, part of the bile duct and part of the stomach at Liverpool Royal she was given all clear in October 2019 just before her 53rd birthday.

Three months later, after several hospital trips, scans, blood tests Sharon, who had moved to Rhyl in recent years, could no longer keep anything down.

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So on December 18, just a week before Christmas after undergoing tests, doctors gave her the news that the cancer was back and had spread to her liver and stomach.

She didn't want to know how long she had left but the doctors told the family that she only had a few weeks. Mum-of-eight Sharon died on January 5, just over two weeks after her fatal diagnosis.

Her daughter-in-law Louise Grace, said: "The family are finding it difficult as there was such a little time between getting the all clear and it coming back and spreading.

"The father of her three youngest children was diagnosed with cancer (Hodgkin Lymphoma) on January 2 just 3 days before she died but we decided not to tell her as not to cause her more upset.

"She was kind hearted, caring and selfless. Always doing things for other people and putting them first.

"She didn't have a lot but she gave a lot.

"We're a hard working family but like most people we don't have thousands set aside to cover the cost of a funeral and all that goes with it."

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