Mother, 44, who 'thought she had a chest infection' dies from lung cancer

A mother who thought she had a chest infection has died of lung cancer 12 years after beating the disease.  

Julie Newman, 44, from Hull, lost her battle after the cancer spread to her bones and brain within a year.

She had spent years campaigning the importance of getting a smear test to other women after beating cervical cancer in 2007.

Initially she thought she had irregular periods before the shock diagnosis after a screening she was almost a year late for. 

The grandmother's family, who said she 'lit up everyone's world', are hoping to get fans of Hull KR to clap for a minute in her memory on Sunday's match.

Julie Newman, 44, lost her battle in March after what she believed to be a chest infection turned out to be lung cancer, 12 years after she beat cervical cancer

Julie Newman, 44, lost her battle in March after what she believed to be a chest infection turned out to be lung cancer, 12 years after she beat cervical cancer

Ms Newman had spent years campaigning the importance of getting a smear test to other women after beating cervical cancer in 2007. Pictured at a charity event

Ms Newman had spent years campaigning the importance of getting a smear test to other women after beating cervical cancer in 2007. Pictured at a charity event

Ms Newman, mother to Charlie, 26 and Georgia, 23, has been described by her family as a devoted mother, wife and grandmother.

Georgia said: 'She was just really family orientated, she always wanted to be with the family.

'She absolutely was just there, day in, day out, no matter what time, we were her world. She took her last breath with us there.

'She lit up everyone's world and turned heads wherever she went. As soon as you met her you liked her. She was down to Earth and she got on with everyone.

'Everywhere she went she made friends - all over the world. Every time she could she would be globe-trotting.' 

Ms Newman endured chemotherapy, radiotherapy and internal radiotherapy for her cervical cancer. 

After beating the cancer, Ms Newman became an inspiration to other women with the disease.

She trained with charity Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and opened a Hull branch at St Aidan's Church in Southcoates Avenue, east Hull.

At the time, Ms Newman told Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust: 'I had also been bleeding consistently for the past 18 months but had always put this down to irregular periods. 

'Finally I booked myself a cervical screening test and following results I had a phone call inviting me to colposcopy. One week later I was told I had cervical cancer.

'I didn’t know anything about the disease and if I had I would have acted sooner. 

'Similarly if I had attended my cervical screening test when it was due, the cancer would have been detected earlier and may not have been so advanced.'

Ms Newman campaigned for other women to get regular smear tests and worked on a voluntary basis to help increase awareness of the condition.

Ms Newman was a devoted mother and grandmother who 'lit up everyone's world'

Ms Newman was a devoted mother and grandmother who 'lit up everyone's world'

Ms Newman, pictured with family, was shocked to learn she had cancer again in February 2018 after being clear for so long. She died in March, surrounded by family

Ms Newman, pictured with family, was shocked to learn she had cancer again in February 2018 after being clear for so long. She died in March, surrounded by family

Georgia said: 'Helping others was a big thing for my mum. 

'She was dedicated to helping others. She did it voluntarily because that is what she wanted to do.

'We did charity walks and she did lots of interviews with magazines and papers.'

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF LUNG CANCER? 

Symptoms of lung cancer develop as the condition progresses and there are usually no signs or symptoms in the early stages.

The main symptoms of lung cancer include:

a cough that doesn’t go away after two or three weeks a long-standing cough that gets worse persistent  chest infections  coughing up blood an ache or pain when breathing or coughing  persistent breathlessness  persistent tiredness or lack of energy  loss of

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