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Mother and son both diagnosed with cancer four years ago given all clear

Vici Rugby and her son George were diagnosed with cancer within months of eachother Credit: Family photo/ITV Cymru Wales

A mother and son who were diagnosed with cancer within months of each other four years ago have both been given the all clear.

Vici Rigby was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer in 2016, and her son George was told he had lymphoblastic leukemia just five months later. He was just four years old at the time.

40-year-old Vici underwent years of treatment.

This included six rounds of chemotherapy followed by surgery on her liver and bowel, radiotherapy. This was followed by a dozen more rounds of chemotherapy.

It was difficult, logistically it was really difficult as well, because sometimes we were having treatments at the same time but at different hospitals.

– Vici Rigby
George was diagnosed when he was just four-years-old. Credit: Family photo

Despite three-and-a-half years of treatment, Vici worked hard to maintain a normal life for her son.

''We've never treated him any different because we didn't want to give him all the attention now and for him to kind of realise how poorly he was. He's so brave, I am so proud of him,'' she said.

Four years on, both mother and son have been given the all clear. They have since moved to a new area to embark on a cancer-free journey ahead.

Vici underwent three-and-a-half years of treatment. Credit: Family photo

Vici said the support of her husband, family and friends helped her overcome the difficulties.

She hopes her journey can inspire others to remain positive.

My cancer had already spread and when i googled it, it didn't look good. And I couldn't find any positive stories so it would be really nice to think that if anybody else out there has experienced cancer, it's not always the death sentence and people do get better.

– Vici Rigby