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Dianne Oxberry RIP

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Bob McC, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    THE BBC NW weather presenter has died.
    Passed away in the Christie.
  2. clivem2

    clivem2 pfm Member

    Tragic and so quick, people who knew her locally (Mobberley) said she was a lovey person, just the same as she was on TV.

    What type of cancer can be presumably undetected and then so fast? Even pancreatic isn't that fast is it?
  3. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Good grief, that’s a shock. I had no idea she was ill as she was doing the weather last time I watched NWT a couple days of days ago and looked perfectly healthy. I always liked her as she clearly had some proper meteorological knowledge and really understood the weather forcast she was presenting, a whole different league to the others who stand-in when she was off. RIP.

    PS Bob, a good friend of mine died within two weeks of having a cancer diagnosis, i.e. it was late-stage 4 metastatic/terminal before he even knew he had it. He was just 46, so this stuff certainly happens.
  4. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

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  5. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Very sad. RIP. Far too many women are still dying too young from cancer, particularly breast cancer. I’ve been to two funerals in the past 14 months - one died in her early 40s the other in her early 50s. I can think of at least three other women I know who are living with it.
  6. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Some people are very good at ignoring/ denying symptoms or explaining them away- and I put my hand up to that one. One of the women in my previous post who died from breast cancer, had an alternative explanation for her symptoms and she was actually a cancer specialist!
  7. clivem2

    clivem2 pfm Member

    I'm certainly paranoid about this sort of rapid onset nowadays and yes it's important to be a little over-cautious and get things you're not sure about checked out. My wife was fortunate to have a very early diagnosis and relatively straightforward treatment however my sister was closer to the Dianne Oxberry speed of progression, albeit more like 3 months than the potentially 3 weeks in which Dianne may have succumbed. Be vigilant....
  8. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    I agree. Older people are quite good at ignoring stuff while conversely, adolescents can blow anything unusual (in their experience) up into a life threatening disease. A bit of a generalisation, I know. The older person’s view might be “if I’ve got something, I’d rather not know/ I’ve had a good long life/ don’t want to upset the family”. I used an utterly illogical belief to temporary avoid a cancer diagnosis- my father and his brother died of the same disease and I told myself “lightning won’t strike in the same place again” which is utterly irrational- due to genetic susceptibility. I even tried to talk the GP and consultant out of it but both were on to it immediately and they were correct.
    My advice to older people with new symptoms would be to visit the GP. In the case of the very elderly for whom active treatment couldn’t be tolerated then I’d say the longer they and their family don’t know, the better- because you can’t get it out of your mind.
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  9. tqineil

    tqineil pfm Member

    Sad to wake up to this news on local radio, far too young and as others have said, such a rapid deterioration since seeing her on TV last week
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
  10. hifilover1979

    hifilover1979 Bigger than you...

    Met her a few times, lovely women and very funny... She thought my pal and I were loonies for the heavy stone lifting we do, but she had time to chat to us and came across very interested/befuddled (as most folk are) :D:oops::oops:

    RIP :( Any age is too young to die, but hers especially
  11. kennyh

    kennyh pfm Member

    Horrible day learning that about this lady, she always did a superb job of the nightly weather bulletins and was so natural with a sparkling personality, very sad indeed.

    15 minutes before I read of this on here I took a call from the wifes friend and told her she was in work today.
    Her voice was trembling and I knew something was wrong, she has 2 elderly and infirm parents so I feared the worst.
    However no, it was her brother, he died last night, also aged 51 the same as Dianne.

    Appreciate what you have they say, I've been repeating that to myself all day now.
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  12. TomF

    TomF pfm Member

    Yes, it’s very sad. And as someone now in my 40s suddenly 51 doesn’t feel very old at all.

    When I was a teenager one of my parents neighbours suddenly felt unwell one night when at the pub with his wife. He wa ms dead within two weeks. But he was retired - my best mate had cancer and didn’t make it to 18....
  13. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    Very sad news. I always thought she was OK, and pretty sharp.
    I feel priveleged to have reached a few days short of 70 relatively unscathed. Bit of Ticker stuff but all stable. My Sis made 64 and my Dad 56. I went to visit an old female colleague a couple of days ago to invite her to my 70th. Haven't seen her more than once in 20 years Lovely girl and now in her 50s I think. She's had two hip replacements and a knee replacement. Mercifully no sign of the Big C.
  14. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    Much in what you say. It's a bloody awful disease which mercifully isn't prevalent in my family, but all of my wife's uncles died from it and in one case, the youngest, who died in the 70s, left five kids, four of whom are now gone from the Big C with the 5th battling breast cancer.

    As for ignoring stuff. One neighbour was clearly ignoring prostate cancer and would have to stop several times in the lane on the short walk back from the pub, not to mention spending half of the evening in the Gents. When his family finally forced him to the Docs it was too late and he was gone at 74.. probably needlessly.
    Yet another neighbour, same age, was straight to the hospital when he developed symptoms which turned out to be Esophageal Cancer. First treatment appeared to have worked but didn't and he went in a year or so.

    One of the worst things I had to deal with when working, was a 16 year old girl with moderate learning difficulties, sitting there in total bewilderment and explaining to me how her friend had died before her eyes. '"She had this really big headache and couldn't get up.. then she just stopped talking to me". It was a brain heamorrhage. I still feel for the poor kid who had to witness that.
  15. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Has there been any mention anywhere of what actually happened to Dianne Oxberry? I watched NWT earlier, which was a moving tribute from her co-workers/friends, but no actual detail of what took her or what kind of advanced warning (if any) she had.
  16. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    A very short battle with cancer is all anyone seems to be saying.
  17. Spike

    Spike pfm Member

    Knew and met her over 30 odd years ago. Beautiful, intelligent person who had such fantastic smile. Sad loss.
  18. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    There seems a trend developing of tv people not wanting the cause of their demise being made public. Dianne, Victoria Wood to name but two.

    I admire that.
  19. clivem2

    clivem2 pfm Member

    I like to know....not because I'm nosey but because my wife and sister had cancer and I want to know what we might look out for. For someone who looked so very healthy to struck down in such a way is terrible and if there's some way we can be personally vigilant I'd like to know.
  20. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    You have no right to, nor should expect access to, such intimate information about any stranger.

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