Tributes have been paid to a brave young mum after she lost her battle to motor neurone disease on Christmas Eve.
Jennifer bell, 29, was given just months when she was diagnosed with the incurable disease after giving birth in March 2019.
The student nurse, of Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, refused to give up on life and went on to take her daughters on a dream trip to Disneyland and graduate from university, the Daily Record reports.
Jen's dad David Bell said: “With a very heavy heart, my beautiful daughter Jennifer passed peacefully in the early hours of this morning.
“I want to thank everyone for their support and kindness everyone has shown towards my darling daughter and my family.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marie Curie for the care they gave Jennifer.”
Motor neurone disease (MND) is nearly always fatal and gradually stops a sufferer's muscles from getting messages from the brain.
But it doesn't affect a person's mental abilities and Professor Stephen Hawking lived most of his life with the disease.
Jennifer refused to let the disease control her life as she looked after daughters Georgia, aged 9, and one-year-old Kacey.
She also graduated from Caledonian University with a BSc in learning disability nursing shortly after being diagnosed.
Best friends Moyra, Jena and Cheryl said: "We could not have asked for a better friend.
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"She showed us the true meaning of being brave and strong no matter what.
"We will be forever proud of her, for being the best mum to Georgia and Kacey, for raising so much money and awareness for MND and for touching the hearts of so many people."
She was seven months pregnant with little Kacey when a relative noticed she was having trouble speaking in 2019 – and given nine months to live when she was diagnosed in March that year.
In an open letter, she wrote: “Since being diagnosed with a terminal illness your perception of things, people and places change, your priorities are different and things that you once took for granted you no longer do.
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“During university I juggled childcare, studying, writing essays at home and full time placement.
“I had to work three nights shifts a week to put food on the table on top of nursing placement.
“I worked my arse off and thought in the end it’ll be worth it.
“Then in the end of my long hard journey when I could see light at the end of the tunnel I was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
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“That is unfair. Being diagnosed with a terminal illness is unfair at any age, but before 30 is gut-wrenching.
“It’s unfair two wee kids are going to lose their mum.
“So before you moan today about how you had a crap sleep last night, or you can’t be bothered with work or you have a sore throat, maybe think to yourself in the grand scheme of things is this really important?
“You only have one life so live it and if there’s something you don’t like change it.
“Don’t take life for granted because tomorrow is never guaranteed. And this isn’t a pity poor girl post this is a post for all the the people who think they have problems but do nothing about it."
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