University of Hertfordshire twin faces cancer heartache
PUBLISHED: 15:44 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 26 October 2009
DEVOTED twin sisters will be torn apart by a rare bone cancer which has left one of them with just months to live. At the age of just 20, University of Hertfordshire student Kath Blunt is facing life without identical twin Emily. Doctors have told Emily t
DEVOTED twin sisters will be torn apart by a rare bone cancer which has left one of them with just months to live.
At the age of just 20, University of Hertfordshire student Kath Blunt is facing life without identical twin Emily.
Doctors have told Emily the disease, osteosarcoma, has spread so much it is now incurable.
The keen football and hockey player thought she had injured her right arm in a match in August last year.
After many visits to the doctors who believed she had a trapped nerve, Emily was given an X-ray which revealed an eight-inch tumour on her right arm.
Twin Kath, who has just finished the second year of her sports studies course at the Hatfield-based university, told a national newspaper about her fears at being left alone without her 'other half'.
"I just feel so guilty.
"We have always fought each other's battles - but this is one fight I cannot win for her.
"I can't imagine not arguing with, talking to or being with Emily.
"Part of me will be cut in two."
Emily, from Gloucester, told of the closeness with her twin.
"We have the same taste and a few times when we have gone shopping separately we have come back with exactly the same items.
"My family give me the inspiration to stay strong because we are all so close.
"It is a great comfort to me to know Kath will carry on because she is a part of me."
The girl's family now want to raise awareness of osteosarcoma, and will be holding a fun run in Gloucester.
Kath added: "Emily has been so brave.
"She will not allow anyone to be sad around her.
"It's hard, but I'm throwing everything into fundraising to try to stop this happening to another family.