A SINGLE mum has lost her fight with bowel cancer after pleading with her family to "please look after my boys".
Tanya Davies, 32, died on Thursday surrounded by her loved ones, including her two sons Ben, 14, and Jack, eight.
The mum-of-two, from Newcastle, was put in remission in December but in March she was told her cancer had returned and had spread to her pelvis and liver.
She remained hopeful in the last few months of her life and tragically her death came just days after she booked a family holiday to Greece.
"We can't wait...more memories to be made," her last Facebook post read.
Her great uncle and godfather Ian Bennett recalled how she always looked glamorous and was still having makeovers in her hospice bed.
She'd enjoyed girly sleepovers and glasses of wine, as her friends said she was determined to make "every last second count".
Ian told ChronicleLive: "She was a proper strong lady.
"All she would say to me though was 'Uncle Ian, please bring those boys up properly.' It was all she wanted."
Tanya's story touched the community, who raised £20,000 for her family.
What is bowel cancer?
It's the UK's 2nd deadliest cancer - after lung - claiming 16,000 lives a year, but it CAN be cured - if it's caught early enough.
Fewer than one in ten people survive bowel cancer if it's picked up at stage 4, but detected quickly, more than nine in ten patients will live five years or longer.
The five red-flag symptoms of bowel cancer include:
Tumours in the bowel typically bleed, which can cause a shortage of red blood cells, known as anaemia. It can cause tiredness and sometimes breathlessness.
In some cases bowel cancer can block the bowel, this is known as a bowel obstruction.
Before she died Tanya revealed how she'd sat her boys down and made them "promise to always look after one another".
"It was heartbreaking telling them," she told Fabulous Digital.
"It the one of the hardest things I had to do.
"I had to do it without crying."
The day before the heartbreaking conversation she'd been told her bowel cancer had returned and - having spread to her pelvis and liver - was stage four.
Tanya was diagnosed after a stomach bug turned into something more sinister.
Initially doctors suspected a cyst but, after rounds of tests, she learnt she had bowel cancer.
She had 17 rounds of chemotherapy and in December was told she was in remission.
Delighted, she looked forward to getting on with her life.
But a scan in March revealed the cancer had returned and there was no more treatment available.
Tanya's funeral will be held at the West Road Crematorium on Thursday May 30.
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