Mum with months left to live after giving birth says ‘live life to the full’

A dying mum has made a heartbreaking video telling people not to take their lives for granted.

Jennifer Bell was given just nine months to live after she was diagnosed with motor neurone disease following the birth of her second child.

But the mum has defied the odds 12 months after her diagnosis and has been able to see her baby girl Kacey take her first steps.

The 28-year-old was diagnosed with the debilitating disease when Kacey was just a few months old.

She’d put the symptoms down to stress and being a full-time mum.

The ordeal has given her a new lease of life and she has taken the opportunity to urge others to live life to the full, reports Glasgow Live.

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In a YouTube video for MND Scotland, she said: “I would say, in general, it's made me just not take life for granted and to enjoy every day.

“It has taught me that tomorrow is never guaranteed.

Jennifer’s symptoms grew worse by the time she gave birth and sounded drunk.

Her GP told her the slurred speech was down to hormones following pregnancy and asked her to return in eight weeks.

She was eventually told on March 26, 2019, at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary that she had MND.

But the brave mum refused to let the disease control her life.

Seven months later she graduated from Caledonian University with a BSc in learning disability nursing.

“At 28 I thought I had my whole life ahead of me,” Jennifer added in the video. “You don't know when your life is going to end.

“When I was told I had nine months I did my bucket list and I've now ticked off everything, so I need to make a new one.”

Since her diagnosis, Jennifer has raised £15,000 for MND charity.

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