Lisa was born on 28th October 1970 to Bryan and
Dorothy Hemm at Kings Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield. Dorothy and Lisa moved
to Lincolnshire in 1974. Having attended Westlode Primary school in Spalding,
Lisa passed her 11+ and continued her education at Spalding High School from
1982-1987, achieving 10 O’levels and beginning a Btec business studies course.
Whilst living in a bedsit in the former Saxon King public house she met her
future husband, Rob Almond. Due to a change in regulations Lisa was left with
no option but to give up her studies to work full time on the YTS scheme at
Maples Solicitors before taking a job at S.H.D.C, offices, helping to implement
the new community charge.
Lisa married Rob on 27th May 1989 at Spalding
Registry Office. In 1992 she gave birth to still-born twin boys (Alexander
& Elliott) at 24 weeks at her home in Surfleet. A beautiful, healthy girl
(Karys) was born in 1993 followed by a miscarriage at the beginning of 1994
(Jamie – 12 weeks) and finally a strong healthy boy (Phoenix) in December 1994.
Lisa went on to work at Geest for 3 years, first as a
transport clerk then as a production planner. In 2000 she began work for
Frontline: 3 years in logistics, 2 years in commercial accounts before finding
her niche as an analyst, continuing for another 4 years. She enjoyed travelling
and spent some memorable holidays in Rome, Thailand and France.
In January 2007, after several frustrating GP appointments,
Lisa was referred to Pilgrim Hospital, eventually being diagnosed with stage 3
bowel cancer. She underwent surgery followed by intensive courses of
chemotherapy and radiotherapy and despite the physical complications of surgery
she lived happily tumour-free for 3 years.
In June 2009 Lisa did a parachute jump in aid of Beating
Bowel Cancer raising £914. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGurOKs3CWQ
Following a scheduled scan in 2010, more tumours were
discovered in her lungs and liver. Despite further treatment and more
corrective surgery, the tumours increased and spread finally defeating her
physically but never in spirit on 8th February 2012.
Lisa is survived by her 2 children, Karys(19), Phoenix (17),
, sisters Rebecca, Deborah and Lavinia and her mother Dorothy Rogerson.
Lisa was an incredibly strong person, able to laugh at
herself – she would help anyone if she could. A loving mother to 2 wonderful
adults. For her, there was no such word as “Can’t” – she was prepared to attempt
anything. Pragmatic, determined, loving, generous, brave and so incredibly
proud of her beautiful children, loved and respected by her friends and family,
forever remembered in our hearts.
I was diagnosed in December 2006 (officially in January 2007) with Stage 3b rectal cancer. As soon as I became ill enough to think I might not just be over tired from finishing my previous house and moving to another doer upper, I started recording everything. It was an ongoing struggle to remain positive but every year got easier. Treatment for damage caused by treatment to save my life was ongoing and every 6 months I had blood tests and saw my oncologist for him to assure me I'm "Fine". However I'm no longer "fine" and was on a palliative care pathway but passed away on 8th February 2012. Read my blog and remember me.