Michelle's Story

Michelle Barthram died from lung cancer at the age of 48 - just a year after being diagnosed with the disease.

Up until her death, the mum-of-one from Birtley in Gateshead spent the last few months of her life trying to warn other people about the dangers of smoking.

Michelle quit smoking immediately after she was diagnosed with cancer, but by that time it was too late. She hoped that by sharing her story, it would help spare others the pain of losing someone they love to smoking.

Throughout her treatment, Michelle's courage and positive outlook was an inspiration to those around her.