Bobby Norris' mother diagnosed with leukaemia

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 August 2014
Bobby Norris

Bobby Norris

'The Only Way Is Essex' star Bobby Norris has revealed his mother is battling leukaemia and the family are desperately searching for a matching bone marrow donor

Bobby Norris' mother is battling leukaemia.

'The Only Way is Essex' star is desperately searching for a bone marrow match for his mother Kym so she can have an operation to treat the potentially fatal disease.

Speaking on ITV show 'This Morning', Bobby said: "I saw her briefly yesterday. She's not been allowed home because she can't fight off infections ... her immune system is really low.

"I just go in there and spend as many hours as I can during visiting hours, but it never feels like enough. You just feel so helpless."

Bobby explained how his mother fell ill very quickly. She was working full-time as a dental receptionist and after complaining of feeling lethargic she went to see her doctor and the blood test she underwent had a life-changing consequences.

He revealed: "It was that quick that she became so ill ... now she's on intense chemotherapy twice a day and that in itself is quite hard to watch, because just three weeks ago she was living a normal life.

"I don't know how it has become this real so fast. I feel like it's flipped my world upside down ... and my way of thinking is quite different now.

"I see people taking things for granted with their mums, I want to do those little things [with my mum] that I took for granted for 27 years. It's the little things you miss when someone isn't there."

The reality television star encouraged people to sign up to the Anthony Nolan Trust and get their bone marrow tested to see if they can become donors to the thousands of leukaemia sufferers in the UK.

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