A woman told by doctors four years ago she had 12 months to live is celebrating her 40th birthday by raising £10,000 for charity.
Suzanne Davies is defying the odds and doctors’ prognoses as she battles a brain tumour.
The mum-of-two, who turned 40 today, has won the admiration of many and stunned medical experts after being told she had just a year to live in 2014.
And Suzanne, who lives in Newtonhill with her husband Owen, 45, and kids Max, 11, and Lauren, eight, is marking the milestone birthday it seemed unlikely she would reach by raising £10,000 for CLAN Cancer Support.
On Saturday 200 friends, colleagues and family members descended on Pittodrie to celebrate Suzanne’s birthday, and instead of buying gifts everyone was asked to donate to Clan.
Suzanne said: “It was the best night of my life.
“I’m very privileged to have so many people that wanted to come.
“I wanted to raise £10,000, but that doesn’t mean it all had to be from that night.”
Suzanne knows she will never be totally rid of cancer and she does still suffer from fatigue issues with her short-term memory.
Her last scan around March revealed there had been no growth and she was still stable.
She said: “When it first happened the kids were four and seven, now they’re eight and 11. CLAN were there that day with a cup of tea and biscuits.
“We were just all in a mess. We went there and they were amazing.
“I loved it that much I went and trained and I’m now a reflexologist.
“It’ll never be gone. But the target was to at least get to 40.
“The kids, watching them growing up, it makes life worth it.
“I know that I’ve got a limited time but I’ve never let it get me down.
“You can sit in the corner and cry about it, but nothing will change doing that. You just have to get up and get on with it.”
And Suzanne said the one message she would give to others in similar situations is to “love life, stay positive and enjoy everything”.
Suzanne’s dad Keith McGregor said: “She had such a super night.
“I don’t think she ever thought she would see 40.
“She’s got family, she’s got two young kids and she just has to get on with it. Her positivity is just incredible.
“The people that were there were so supportive and in awe of her.
“She’s an example to other people and gives others hope.
“I’m so proud of her.”
Keith, 63, said it has been difficult to deal with for the whole family.
He said: “It shouldn’t have been her. If anybody, let it be me.
“I’ve had a life. She’s got her kids to grow up. We just spend as much time with her as we can.”
It is always a tense time when Suzanne gets her biannual scans, but she continues to defy the odds.
Keith said: “When we get the result we’re all jumping about like silly kids.
“CLAN have been so supportive for all of us.”
A JustGiving page set up to help reach the fundraising target has pulled in £1,260 so far.
Keith said: “We’re well on our way to the £10,000 target.”