Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lottery Winner Breast Cancer Patient Finally Pass On

Diane Bishop, a woman whose story touched hearts across the country, died Tuesday. Her family posted the news to Facebook.

Bishop, who had stage 4 breast cancer, made headlines in November when she won the Super Set For Life lottery.

Before winning the prize, she had been running a Needs Convenience store in Mount Pearl, where she was the franchisee.

A single mother of two sons in their 20s, Bishop told CBC News in October that she couldn't afford to stop working, despite her cancer spreading to her pelvic bone and lung, and her daily battles with bone and joint pain, nausea, headaches and severe fatigue from chemotherapy.

She won the lottery a month after CBC News first reported on her story.

"It's like this big ball of weight has been lifted off my shoulders," she told CBC Stokes after winning. "The stress is gone, the anxiety of being sick. I know I can't beat stage 4 because you're a ticking time bomb, but it's given me hope that maybe it can go dormant for awhile ... and I can live my life."

"This money wasn't about going out and buying a new house or taking trips," she said. "This was about survival. I can survive now, and my kids can survive."

Bishop was diagnosed in April 2016 with stage 4 triple negative breast cancer.

CBC News

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