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Layla out to finish bucket list after terminal diagnosis

TOOWOOMBA'S Layla Hooper is on a mission to complete a bucket list with her family after she was given the shattering news this month - her cancer treatment isn't working.

Ms Hooper has been fighting stage three ovarian cancer that was diagnosed when she was just 17.

Tragically, the doctors have now conceded there is nothing more they can do. Her condition is terminal.

The 22-year-old said the surgery, chemotherapy and radiation all began in the same month.

TICKING THEM OFF: Layla Hooper , 22, has the support of her mum Sallyann Hall and her family after she was given the shock news this month.
TICKING THEM OFF: Layla Hooper , 22, has the support of her mum Sallyann Hall and her family after she was given the shock news this month. Bev Lacey

"I had a hysterectomy ... ovaries, uterus, everything." she said.

She was able to celebrate her 18th birthday as a cancer-free adult, but tragically, it returned.

"I felt really good, but eight months after, I went to the doctor for some tests and they said it was back," she said.

Ms Hooper was working as a dental assistant when the cancer returned.

 

Layla Hooper, 22, looks through her bucket list with mum Sallyann Hall.
Layla Hooper, 22, looks through her bucket list with mum Sallyann Hall. Bev Lacey

She went through a new round of treatment.

"Some of the chemo didn't work so I had to do some of the trial drugs, but they didn't work either, they made me very sick, then I had some radiation and surgeries in between," she said.

For the last two years Ms Hooper had been taking oral tablets that were shrinking the cancer.

Her health was stable until the tablets also failed.

Mum Sallyann Hall said they had now started a bucket list to give her daughter something to look forward to and focus on.

Layla Hooper, 22, has started a bucket list to do some of the things she has always wanted to.
Layla Hooper, 22, has started a bucket list to do some of the things she has always wanted to. Bev Lacey

Tomorrow night Ms Hooper will tick off the first wish - the State of Origin match with her sister.

Her favourite player, Greg Inglis, has offered to pay for the accommodation for the night.

"The cancer has taken so much of her life; this can give her something back," Mrs Hall said.

"She has never complained once, never given up, and I couldn't be more proud of her."

"We just go day by day."

She lived at Dalby for a few years while studying at Dalby State High School and lived in Brisbane when she was first diagnosed.

Ms Hooper moved back to Toowoomba to be closer to her family.

Her last two birthday's were spent in hospital.

Ms Hooper said having her palliative care happen at home with the help of her mum and nurses was important.

A trip to Australia Zoo is next on her list as well as visiting Luna Park.

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Topics:  cancer hospital ovarian cancer toowoomba treatment


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