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Terminally-Ill 22-Year-Old Presents Weather Forecast To Complete Her Bucket List

Terminally-Ill 22-Year-Old Presents Weather Forecast To Complete Her Bucket List

She has previously met Michelle Obama, commanded a Royal Navy Ship, and taken Peter Kay to the pub for drinks.

A student who was given a year to live after being diagnosed with brain cancer has fulfilled another one of her longtime dreams—presenting the BBC weather forecast. 

Laura Nuttall, of Barrowford, Lancashire, was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme in 2018 during a routine eye exam. She was later diagnosed with eight tumors, per BBC. Laura, 22, has been working her way through her bucket list ever since, having met Michelle Obama, commanded a Royal Navy ship, and taken Peter Kay to the pub for drinks. 

She only had about a year to live, so she dropped out of university in London to focus on therapy and crossing stuff off her bucket list. She bravely had a craniotomy to remove the biggest tumor before beginning a grueling course of radiation and chemotherapy, reports The University of Manchester



 

 

However, the family later found that an innovative new treatment was available in Germany, and Laura was able to begin immunotherapy with the support of contributions from friends and family as well as an online fundraiser. She had to go to Cologne every six weeks for this, but she did so well that she was able to resume her studies at The University of Manchester. She graduated recently with a politics, philosophy, and economics degree.

Continuing to tick things off her bucket list, she has now visited the BBC's Salford studios and delivered her first weather forecast, with a little help from weather presenter Owain Wyn Evans. Laura intends to continue raising funds for brain charities and increasing awareness of brain illnesses. She just joined the board of Our Brain Bank, a charity trying to make Glioblastoma curable rather than lethal. 

 



 

 

"Laura was told that she had a life expectancy of around a year and wouldn’t be going back to university at all, so to see her graduate is just incredible," Laura’s mum, Nicola, said. "I know how hard she’s had to work to achieve her degree alongside her chemotherapy, surgery and treatment, and this day is a real celebration of her tenacity. We really couldn’t be more proud of her."

Professor Jackie Carter, who also has a child with an incurable brain tumor, said, "I have met very few people with such a determination to live their life to the full. Unlike most of my students who are wondering what to do with their futures, Laura quite literally doesn't know what hers holds - but she's getting on with it, and doing it all with a spirit that shines through her every pore when you meet her."

 

References:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-lancashire-62300216?mibextid=plIg07&fs=e&s=cl

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/student-with-terminal-brain-condition-graduates-from-university/

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