Joanne Craddock died just weeks after telling friends she had kicked cancer into touch

Jo Craddock with partner Marc Doncom and children Danielle (left) and Ryan

Jo Craddock with partner Marc Doncom and children Danielle (left) and Ryan

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

JUST six weeks ago she was celebrating the news that she and her family had been waiting for.

Despite being diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas, young mum Joanne Craddock had kicked it into touch.

After six months of intensive treatment, the 30-year-old from Southampton was looking forward to getting her normal family life back and was busy making plans for her son's first birthday.

Daily Echo:

Jo and son Ryan with her sister Hayley and brother Paul

But in a tragic twist of fate, it was the devastating effects of the treatment to send the disease into remission that left her body exhausted and no longer able to cope.

Her sudden and unexpected death has devastated her heartbroken family and friends who have paid tribute to the courageous mum-of-three.

Jo, who grew up in Sholing after moving with her family from Canada, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer - one of the most aggressive forms of the disease - in December, after she struggled to breastfeed her third child Max, born in September.

At first her concerns were dismissed as just blocked milk ducts but knowing her own body, she persisted with doctors and she got the news she had feared.

What had started as a thumbnail-sized tumour had quickly grown to the size of a fist and oncology specialists at Southampton General Hospital, who her family have praised, along with staff on ward D3, for their care and support, took swift action.

Within days she was having chemotherapy, the start of an intensive seven months of treatment that included a mastectomy of her right breast.

But it didn't dampen the spirits of the former Sholing Girls' School and Itchen College pupil, known for always smiling no matter his tough it got.

Instead she remained determined to focus on her three young children, Max, 11-months, Ryan, three and Danielle, five, with help from her family including, her “rock”, cousin Tracy Alani.

In June she got the news that she had been fighting for and she couldn't wait to tell all those who had been supporting her - she was in remission.

But sadly her fight was not over and after being admitted to hospital on Tuesday, she passed away the following day with her soul mate and partner of 16 years, Marc Doncom, by her side.

The shock of her death has shattered her family and friends, who like Jo, were completely unaware that her body was shutting down.

Daily Echo:

Jo with baby Max, born last September

Her younger sister Hayley, 28, who spent the previous night in hospital with Jo chatting about plans for Max's first birthday, said: “We can take comfort in the fact that she never knew how bad it was. At least she wasn't scared that this was the end.

“Throughout all of her treatment she was never scared, she was always so positive, determined to crack on without any fuss. She was a huge inspiration.

“She had won her battle with cancer and that was a massive achievement for her. The after effects of the treatment had just put her body through so much and that is what is so sad. She was so close to getting her normal life back.

“She was always caring about other people and even when she was diagnosed, she was more concerned about raising awareness so that others made sure they got checked and were not scared of getting a second opinion.

“She was a natural mother and we are so glad that she had the family she had always wanted and she will live on in them.

She added: “Marc's biggest fear is that the children will forget her but we won't let that happen. We will talk about her all the time, show them photos and make sure we teach them everything not necessarily the right way but Jo's way.”

Daily Echo:

Jo on a skydive

Her younger brother Paul, 26, who is getting married in seven weeks and will be leaving a seat empty for Jo, added: “She didn't have a single down day. She never complained, she always had a smile on her face.

“The world has lost an amazingly strong sister, daughter and mother.”

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6:20am Mon 18 Aug 14

OddlyPat says...

RIP Joanne, so so young.
I hate this disease its like having the sword of Damocles over your head all the time.
RIP Joanne, so so young. I hate this disease its like having the sword of Damocles over your head all the time. OddlyPat
  • Score: 36

7:31am Mon 18 Aug 14

Saintcosser says...

A truly tragic story which puts everything in perspective. RIP x
A truly tragic story which puts everything in perspective. RIP x Saintcosser
  • Score: 54

7:31am Mon 18 Aug 14

chunk_vanman says...

Nothing can replace losing a mum, but I hope her children take comfort in growing up and feeling proud of her and never forget her memory.
A fighter until the end. My heart goes out to all that knew her. RIP
Nothing can replace losing a mum, but I hope her children take comfort in growing up and feeling proud of her and never forget her memory. A fighter until the end. My heart goes out to all that knew her. RIP chunk_vanman
  • Score: 61

7:53am Mon 18 Aug 14

123soton says...

A ture inspiration and school friend, Jo you will be missed so so much. Heaven has gained an angel far too soon xxx
A ture inspiration and school friend, Jo you will be missed so so much. Heaven has gained an angel far too soon xxx 123soton
  • Score: 35

8:39am Mon 18 Aug 14

Kirsty666 says...

Such a sad tragic story to wake up to. Life is so short it truely can be unfair at times. I hope her children know how brave and strong she was till the end. Rest in peace Jo such a fantastic inspiration to everybody xx
Such a sad tragic story to wake up to. Life is so short it truely can be unfair at times. I hope her children know how brave and strong she was till the end. Rest in peace Jo such a fantastic inspiration to everybody xx Kirsty666
  • Score: 47

9:02am Mon 18 Aug 14

sapenny says...

May she rest in peace and her family find the strength to carry on. A truly inspirational story about a wonderful mother
May she rest in peace and her family find the strength to carry on. A truly inspirational story about a wonderful mother sapenny
  • Score: 35

9:06am Mon 18 Aug 14

Nineham says...

This is so sad. My heart goes out to her family and friends. RIP Jo.
This is so sad. My heart goes out to her family and friends. RIP Jo. Nineham
  • Score: 22

10:01am Mon 18 Aug 14

excusemoi says...

My deepest condolences to family and friends. Psalm 37:29
My deepest condolences to family and friends. Psalm 37:29 excusemoi
  • Score: 12

10:25am Mon 18 Aug 14

Sholing83 says...

Such devastating news of a school friend & such an inspirational woman. Gone way too soon but will never be forgotten. Thoughts are with Jo's family & close friends. RIP Jo xxxxxx
Such devastating news of a school friend & such an inspirational woman. Gone way too soon but will never be forgotten. Thoughts are with Jo's family & close friends. RIP Jo xxxxxx Sholing83
  • Score: 15

11:53am Mon 18 Aug 14

softie59 says...

Such a tragic story, so very sad, life can be so cruel at times. A truly inspirational story to everyone. A wonderful mum to her 3 little children. I hope her children will remember how strong and brave she was, a true fighter until the end. Hope her partner is being strong for their 3 children Thoughts of all her family and close friends at this very sad time. Rest in peace Jo xx
Such a tragic story, so very sad, life can be so cruel at times. A truly inspirational story to everyone. A wonderful mum to her 3 little children. I hope her children will remember how strong and brave she was, a true fighter until the end. Hope her partner is being strong for their 3 children Thoughts of all her family and close friends at this very sad time. Rest in peace Jo xx softie59
  • Score: 14

1:00pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Michaelaprice says...

Jo is one of my closest friends. I will miss her each and every day. She has made me see that life is cruel yet you can remain smiling and beautiful inside and out throughout. No battle is too much.
I will always be grateful for her teaching me that strength knows no bounds when you want something so much. She inspired me. She has also taught me to be grateful for every second I have as life is fleeting and fragile.
I will do all I can to help your family through this devastating time.
My heart is broken and I love you so much xxxxxxxxxxx
Sleep tight beautiful. Shine bright xxx
Jo is one of my closest friends. I will miss her each and every day. She has made me see that life is cruel yet you can remain smiling and beautiful inside and out throughout. No battle is too much. I will always be grateful for her teaching me that strength knows no bounds when you want something so much. She inspired me. She has also taught me to be grateful for every second I have as life is fleeting and fragile. I will do all I can to help your family through this devastating time. My heart is broken and I love you so much xxxxxxxxxxx Sleep tight beautiful. Shine bright xxx Michaelaprice
  • Score: 34

1:55pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Outside of the Box says...

I never knew this young lady, but sitting her reading this story has moved me to tears, such a tragic waste of a young,inspirational life.
My deepest condolences to family and friends.
R.I.P Joanne
I never knew this young lady, but sitting her reading this story has moved me to tears, such a tragic waste of a young,inspirational life. My deepest condolences to family and friends. R.I.P Joanne Outside of the Box
  • Score: 16

2:51pm Mon 18 Aug 14

sparkster says...

what a sad story, RIP Jo it makes us all put our moans and groans into perspective. As for you Betty Pruett clear off your spam doesnt belong on here
what a sad story, RIP Jo it makes us all put our moans and groans into perspective. As for you Betty Pruett clear off your spam doesnt belong on here sparkster
  • Score: 12

5:45pm Mon 18 Aug 14

puppyfat says...

What a tragic story my heart go's out to her and all her family . god bless her R.I.P
What a tragic story my heart go's out to her and all her family . god bless her R.I.P puppyfat
  • Score: 6

11:16pm Mon 18 Aug 14

MrSparky says...

I was only browsing for news as I read this story. As a doting father I am tearful for this young family. What a brave young lady and her courage knows no bounds. There is not a word strong enough to describe how I feel about this dreadful desease.
I was only browsing for news as I read this story. As a doting father I am tearful for this young family. What a brave young lady and her courage knows no bounds. There is not a word strong enough to describe how I feel about this dreadful desease. MrSparky
  • Score: 7

4:06am Tue 19 Aug 14

Old Boscombe Lad says...

RIP Jo. From CANADA
RIP Jo. From CANADA Old Boscombe Lad
  • Score: 4

12:05am Thu 21 Aug 14

jesichashope says...

This story is amazingly like my daughter's who died three years ago today. She was given heavy doses of chemo and radiation. After then turning to alternatives bring the TNBC
This story is amazingly like my daughter's who died three years ago today. She was given heavy doses of chemo and radiation. After then turning to alternatives bring the TNBC jesichashope
  • Score: 1

12:09am Thu 21 Aug 14

jesichashope says...

This story is amazingly like my daughter's who died three years ago today. She was given heavy doses of chemo and radiation. After then turning to alternatives bring the TNBC under control; she found herself equally happy to look forward to a life without cancer. Suddenly she went down hill and within a day we lost her. Her liver and heart just could take no more. It is tragic to have to hear of yet another such similar story. Jesicha's story has brought many to understand to ask and be aware of over dosing; I only wish we could have helped this lovely mother. God bless to her family.
This story is amazingly like my daughter's who died three years ago today. She was given heavy doses of chemo and radiation. After then turning to alternatives bring the TNBC under control; she found herself equally happy to look forward to a life without cancer. Suddenly she went down hill and within a day we lost her. Her liver and heart just could take no more. It is tragic to have to hear of yet another such similar story. Jesicha's story has brought many to understand to ask and be aware of over dosing; I only wish we could have helped this lovely mother. God bless to her family. jesichashope
  • Score: 5

1:06pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Ian-coster says...

Despite what you are told by the media The cure rate with normal treatment is poor and CRUK are corrupt and only want you £££££££ Everyone has different reactions to chemotherapy ( mustard gas ) check out www.chrisbeatcancer.
com he has a Facebook page with tines of info also Google Dr leonard Caldwell and DR Patrick vickers and the Gerson therapy.
Despite what you are told by the media The cure rate with normal treatment is poor and CRUK are corrupt and only want you £££££££ Everyone has different reactions to chemotherapy ( mustard gas ) check out www.chrisbeatcancer. com he has a Facebook page with tines of info also Google Dr leonard Caldwell and DR Patrick vickers and the Gerson therapy. Ian-coster
  • Score: 0

6:47pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Ian-coster says...

Despite what you are told by the media The cure rate with normal treatment is poor and CRUK are corrupt and only want you £££££££ Everyone has different reactions to chemotherapy ( mustard gas ) check out www.chrisbeatcancer.
com he has a Facebook page with tines of info also Google Dr leonard Caldwell and DR Patrick vickers and the Gerson therapy.
Despite what you are told by the media The cure rate with normal treatment is poor and CRUK are corrupt and only want you £££££££ Everyone has different reactions to chemotherapy ( mustard gas ) check out www.chrisbeatcancer. com he has a Facebook page with tines of info also Google Dr leonard Caldwell and DR Patrick vickers and the Gerson therapy. Ian-coster
  • Score: 0

5:04am Sun 24 Aug 14

MedicineWoman says...

Cannabis kills cancer, chemo and radiation kills everything. Please learn more about how you can save your own life with a plant! Blessings.
Cannabis kills cancer, chemo and radiation kills everything. Please learn more about how you can save your own life with a plant! Blessings. MedicineWoman
  • Score: 1

6:27pm Tue 2 Sep 14

mardav says...

This is so sad. My condolences to the family.

However as a breast cancer survivor of more than 25 YEARS - it does seem odd to me that young woman was given to understand she was clear after only a few months. Once in remission it is usually a 5 year time span before the medics give an all clear. This does not appear to be the case here - If this had happened to me, my family would certainly be pursuing and questioning the facts as given to the victim
This is so sad. My condolences to the family. However as a breast cancer survivor of more than 25 YEARS - it does seem odd to me that young woman was given to understand she was clear after only a few months. Once in remission it is usually a 5 year time span before the medics give an all clear. This does not appear to be the case here - If this had happened to me, my family would certainly be pursuing and questioning the facts as given to the victim mardav
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