Mother's pledge to publish daughter, Ellie's blog in her memory

When Ellie Hall was seriously ill with a rare cancer, her mother had no idea that she was writing an online blog about her battle.

Now, six months after her daughter's death at the age of 21, Jo Hall is hoping to see her words turned into a book, as a lasting tribute.

Hairdresser Ellie, from Cressage, died in April less than 10 months after she was told the lump in her neck was a sarcoma.

The diagnosis came after it was initially thought that she had tonsillitis, and then a bleed on the thyroid.

"Eventually her neck was so badly swollen, she couldn't lie down or breathe properly and she had to be admitted urgently," said Mrs Hall.

She went first to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, then the Princess Royal in Telford and was sent back to Shrewsbury, where the daughter and mother were given the dreadful diagnosis.

"Ellie burst into tears and we ran out of the ward in shock. But we knew we had to go back and face it," she said.

The brave young woman was treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, where she had to have emergency surgery and spend five days in intensive care.

She then underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy and two weeks of radiotherapy.

"One of us would stay overnight with her all the time – I lived there for six weeks."

But then came more devastating news, that the cancer was terminal.

"They told us Ellie had two or three days left and suggested she go to a hospice," added Mrs Hall.

"But that was never going to happen, she was coming home. All she wanted was her cat, Daisy."

She went home in February and the two or three days turned into two months.

"She fought and fought. She seemed to be getting better and she said 'we are going to prove the doctor wrong and we are going to write a book'.

"What I didn't know was that she was already writing a blog."

Ellie passed away at home on April 19.

"Because of the coronavirus, we could only have 10 people at her funeral," said Mrs Hall.

"But about 200 people lined the streets of Cressage on the day of her funeral, it was if the whole of the village had come out to say goodbye."

When her mother was told by a work colleague that Ellie had written the online blog, she was finally able to read it.

"I would love to see it published as a book in her memory but I need to find someone who can help me. I really think it is worth publishing, as a tribute to her." she said.

Anyone who may be able to help can contact Mrs Hall on 07961 654144.

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