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The astonishing courage of an NI mum who lost her daughter to cancer

Nic Russell has suffered a horrendous catalogue of illnesses - breast cancer, a degenerative heart condition and now Parkinson's Disease. That was after the death of her toddler daughter from cancer. Leona O'Neill reports on a remarkable woman

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Life’s struggles: Nic Russell

Life’s struggles: Nic Russell

Nic's daughter Kenzie

Nic's daughter Kenzie

Nic with her son Conor

Nic with her son Conor

Close bond: Nic with Kenzie

Close bond: Nic with Kenzie

Brave woman: Nic running

Brave woman: Nic running

Nic scuba diving

Nic scuba diving

Nic meeting Prince William in hospital with Kenzie

Nic meeting Prince William in hospital with Kenzie

Life’s struggles: Nic Russell

When Co Down woman Nic Russell learned she had Parkinson's disease a week before Christmas 2019, the 46-year-old felt scared, but relieved to finally put a name on the symptoms that had been bothering her for months.

She had faced worse, having already battled aggressive cancer, the loss of her toddler daughter to the same disease and a degenerative heart condition that had killed her father.

Despite facing several challenges that alone would crush a normal person, Nic - who was brought up in Cranfield, on the shores of Carlingford Lough - says her strong spirit has carried her through.