An East Lancashire mum is desperate to buy herself more time with her family after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Sue Pickering from Blackburn was given a stage four cancer diagnosis in July after spending months in bed with acute sickness and jaundice.

The mum-of-one was eventually told by doctors that she had a terminal illness, and only had the option of palliative care left available to her.

But the 46-year-old, who works as a healthcare assistant for the NHS, is determined to have as much time as possible to spend with her loved ones, especially her 17-year-old son Oscar.

Sue told LancsLive that getting her diagnosis was hard but telling her son that she had cancer was even worse.

"It was the hardest thing I ever had to do, telling him I had cancer, no mother should have to do that," said Sue.

"When I told him I could see in his face that he was broken, I know I have to make time to spend with him.

Sue with her partner Sebastian 'Sam' Samek.

"I just want to find a treatment that will give me more time with him, he's 17, he's talking about going to uni, there's just so much more I want to do with him.

"I want to see my son grow up and see him have children, it's hard to think that might not happen."

The mum was suffering from severe nausea, jaundice and acute sickness when she was first rushed to hospital in February 2020.

She spent five months in and out of hospital as the doctors tried to diagnose her.

Sue said: "I spent months either in hospital or in bed I was that poorly. I lost three stone in weight, I was pretty much just stuck in bed.

"I wasn't able to eat and I was very yellow because of the jaundice, initially they thought I had gallstones but I had a stent put in and it wasn't that.

"Then they thought I had problems with my bile but they decided that it wasn't that.

"I had several endoscopies and scans but nothing was actually picked up until July."

"Now it's about making a difference to life expectancy, we need to take a serious and short life expectancy and turn it into years."

A CT scan in July delivered Sue and her family the worst possible news; she had stage four cancer in her pancreas and Liver.

The diagnosis hit Sue land her family like a freight train.

"I was absolutely devastated," said the mum-of-one.

Sue is hoping to fly to Austria in order to undergo more aggressive cancer treatments.

"I had been ill for so long but just wasn't expecting it to be cancer, I thought that if it was cancer I would know sooner, that it would be picked up.

"I still find it really difficult to talk about but there is some relief because I know what it is, there's a name for it, but it is still really hard to accept."

Since her diagnosis Sue has undergone one full cycle of chemotherapy and is due to have two more cycles before she has another scan on her tumours.

"I still find it really difficult to talk about but there is a relief because I know what it is, there's a name for it, but it is still really hard to accept."

Although she has received a terminal diagnosis, Sue, her partner Sebastian 'Sam' Samek, her son Oscar, and the rest of her extended family are looking to extend her life expectancy.

The family have been looking outside the NHS for treatments that could give Sue more time.

Sam told LancsLive: "Seeing Sue suffer for so long has been awful, we just wanted her to know why she was ill and for that illness to have a cure.

"Now it's about making a difference to life expectancy, we need to take a serious and short life expectancy and turn it into years.

"That would be the most wonderful outcome. She is the most generous and kind person, if anyone needs something, Sue is always the person who will volunteer.

"She was my first girlfriend, I fell head over heels in love with her at 15 and that hasn't changed."

Sue's family are currently raising funds for her to go to Austria in order to receive more aggressive cancer treatment.

Her family hope that this will significantly reduce her tumours in size allowing the doctors to operate and remove them.

You can donate to the Pickering's GoFundMe campaign to support Sue's treatment.

Sue and Sam would like to thank Sue's sisters Julie and Lisa as well as her niece Emmanuelle, her nephew Gabe, her brother-in-law Matt and Oscar's father Brendan who have all helped with the campaign.