The mother who lived life to the full
PUBLISHED: 04:34 13 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010
"LIFE is like a wild tiger - you either lie down and let it put its paw on your head, or you sit on it's back and ride it."
That was the tribute paid to a young mother, Davina Pott who lost a brave fight against breast cancer in St.
"LIFE is like a wild tiger – you either lie down and let it put its paw on your head, or you sit on it's back and ride it."
That was the tribute paid to a young mother, Davina Pott who lost a brave fight against breast cancer in St. Elizabeth's Hospice.
Her sister Jay Batchford from Rushmere St. Andrew said: "That was Davina – life was there for living."
Davina, who died at the age of 37, had lived a busy and full life and since 1995 she had made a home for her and 11-year-old daughter Chloe in America.
It was while she was in America that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and although she came back to England for six months for treatment in 1995, she was determined to get on with her life and returned to the States.
Sitting with her father David in her Barnham's Place home, Jay, 38 said that Davina was determined that she was not going to die.
She said: "Her positivity was remarkable – even up until about a week before she died, she was determined that she wasn't going to.
"Ever since she found she had cancer she was going to fight it and was determined that she was not going to let it spoil her life."
David said: "She would always look for the best in people.
"If someone had stolen something from her she would still find something good in that person, a quality which is hard to find in many people."
The family has praised St. Elizabeth's Hospice, where Davina spent the final months of her life.
Jay said: "They made her last few months be whatever Davina wanted.
"Because she was at the Hospice for so long everyone became very attached to her and a lot of the nurses there were a similar age to her."
The Hospice also set up counselling sessions for Chloe who put together a Memory Folder about her life with her mum, including photos and messages.
David, who lives in Reading with his wife Joyce said: "It helped us and it helped her that she was in an environment with no worry."
One of the ways in which Davina fought her battle was to go to the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, which offers a holistic approach to cancer care, such as meditation, self help techniques and following a vegan diet.
For three years while she was in America, she went into remission but it was later found that the cancer had spread elsewhere in her body.
While she was being given daily chemotherapy, which often makes patients feel extremely ill, she was still working as a waitress, studying for a nursing qualification and looking after Chloe.
She was also a keen actress and while she was in America was also involved in with an amateur dramatic group.
Earlier this year she came back to England to live in Kent, intending to study a nursing degree in London this September, but sadly it was not to be and Davina stayed in Ipswich in the hospice where she died on Friday.
Jay, who has a two year-old daughter, Tayla said: "Davina was brave and she was strong and she had such a lot of love for her daughter."
Davina also leaves another sister Elaine who lives in Harwich with husband Kim and sons Thomas and Jonathon.
Her funeral is on Monday at 2pm at Ipswich Crematorium West Chapel.
Flowers may be sent to Co-operative Chapel of Rest, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich. All friends are welcome.