Tributes paid to mum who died of breast cancer aged just 31

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A grieving fiancé has paid tribute to his partner, describing her as a kind and caring “fierce mum” who “stood up for what was right”.

Hannah Greenway was just 31 years old when she died on September 22, having fought breast cancer for more than a year.

The mum-of-two was diagnosed with the disease in April 2021, two weeks after discovering a lump, and began undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The former care worker from Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, leaves behind son Luke, 10, daughter Elizabeth, four, and fiancé Mark Hoyles, who she met in April 2016, reports Grimsby Live.

The couple were due to marry in May next year.

Mark said: “Hannah was a really fierce mum character. She’d defend anyone.

“Since her passing I’ve had old friends of hers message me on Facebook and one, in particular, said she remembered Hannah from Broughton Junior School and Hannah used to stick up for her when she was being bullied. And I just thought, ‘That’s Hannah’.

“She’d stand in anyone’s corner and she stood up for what’s right.

“She was the last person on this Earth who deserved what happened to her.”

Mark and Hannah met online in 2016.

He said: “We were messaging for a bit and I asked her, ‘Do you want to come and walk the dog with me?’ and she arrived in a red Vauxhall Agila.

“I’d never heard of an Agila before and it was the most tragic car I’ve ever seen bouncing into the car park.

“For a dog walk, she dressed to the absolute nines wearing heeled boots and tight trousers when it was boggy and wet outside, but she looked absolutely fantastic.

“I knew she had a four-year-old son at the time so I was careful with that as I’d not got kids at the time.

“But it was instantly a little family – me, her and Luke. I felt like I belonged with them.

“The three of us were a really busy, chaotic household and we went on holidays and things.”

In summer 2017, Hannah found out she was expecting the couple’s first child together.

They moved from Brigg to Bottesford and their daughter Elizabeth was born in January 2018.

“It was brilliant chaos,” Mark said. “The baby, Luke, me and Hannah – there was just never a dull moment.”

After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in spring 2021, Hannah underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy for the rest of the year and had surgery to remove the cancer at the end of that year.

Tragically, the cancer returned and had spread to her lymph nodes.

Mark continued: “We thought that was it, but it came back. She could feel a lump again but by the time she went for that scan, it had already spread to her lymph nodes.

“She was stoic, she didn’t want sympathy. She was just determined to get on with things like normal and any pain she was in, she’d hide away from the kids and from me as well.

“If anyone asked how she is she’d always say she was fine and that she was going to beat it. She didn’t want to worry people, that was just how she was.

“Over this summer when it rapidly made her go downhill, I could see that she was hurting but again, we didn’t want to frighten the kids with it.

“It was only a week or so before she died that I had to say to the kids, ‘Mummy’s not going to get better from this’ and obviously they were upset.

“Elizabeth understands that mummy is in heaven and that we can’t see her, but when she says she misses mummy she won’t dwell on it for too long, she’ll go back to playing games.

“I’m trying to support her as much as I can, she’s like a tiny version of her mum. Anything she’s thinking, she’ll tell me. We’re open with each other.

“I was crying in front of her and she was upset by that, but Elizabeth is just such a caring, sweet little girl.

“She’ll just get hold of me and cuddle me and say, ‘I’m giving you a cuddle from mummy’. She’s tremendous. I’m so glad I’ve got Elizabeth and Luke.”

Mark said he is still coming to terms with Hannah’s death and said he “can’t believe” it is happening.

“It’s very quiet and lonely without Hannah here because we’re both quite big characters. She completely changed my life.

“I was going absolutely nowhere before I met Hannah and I’d still be there now if it weren’t for her,” he said.

“We did a lot of stuff, me and Hannah, but there was still so much we had to do. S

“he planned our entire wedding which was going to happen in May next year.

“It was done, down to the buffet and what my groomsmen were wearing.

“That was just Hannah, there was no stone unturned. She ran the show.

“Just live, enjoy every day and love every minute of it because if it gets taken away from you, you can’t get it back.”

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