A Canadian woman with advanced breast cancer has won the lottery, just weeks before finding out she is responding well to treatment.
Diane Bishop, from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, has won the C$1.5m (£886,000) Super Set For Life jackpot on the Atlantic Lottery.
But Bishop, who has Stage 4 breast cancer, has hit the jackpot twice now she is finally responding to treatment after several failed attempts.
Diane told CBC News:
This money wasn’t about going out and buying a new house or taking trips, this was about survival. I can survive now, and my kids can survive.
It’s like this big ball of weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
The stress is gone, the anxiety of being sick, I know I can’t beat Stage 4 because you’re a ticking time bomb, but it’s given me hope that maybe it can go dormant for awhile … and I can live my life.
Bishop had been working as a manger at a local convenience store, but with the cancer spreading to her pelvic bone, her shifts were becoming increasingly bad for her health.
However, until now, Bishop was concerned she would need to continue working, as government support would amount to just over $1,100 (£650) a month, barely enough to cover her mortgate.
After purchasing the $20 (£12) lottery ticket, everything has changed for Diane, now her ‘financial troubles are gone’ and she can focus on her health.
After learning of her lottery win, Bishop’s first purchase was a therapeutic, adjustable mattress to help ease her aches and pains. Her second purchase was a comfortable electric chair for watching television while recovering from chemotherapy treatments.
She’s also now able to guarantee financial stability for her two sons, Jordan and Shane Parsons, who are both in their twenties.
Diane’s doctor then shared some good news with the Canadian single mum, explaining treatment ‘had taken the fluid out of my lungs’ and ‘shrunk some of the cancer that is in my lung’, healing part of the bone in her leg.
Bishop knows Stage 4 cancer is incurable, but she’s content with whatever the future holds, adding ‘I got everything I wished for’.
The brave woman concluded: ‘I can go happy, but I’m just not going yet.’