A Scottish mum has been left heartbroken after her sore back turned out to be a form of blood cancer.

Alison McDonald, from Edinburgh, had multiple reports of back pain but these ended up being fractures caused by the cancer.

The 56-year-old was diagnosed with Myeloma - a type of bone marrow cancer which around 5,700 people are diagnosed with each year in the UK - after an investigation into an unexplained fracture in her spine.

Now Alison's daughter Victoria Hughes is raising cash for the charity Myeloma UK and plans to shave her hair off in solidarity of her mum who is set to start her treatment, reports EdinburghLive.

Vicci - whose aim is that the two of them will go bald together - said: "I live in hope for this cure or at least even better treatments to allow my mum to live her life to the fullest for as long as possible.

"My mum is a brilliant human being, she's spent most of her life as a single mum bringing up four kids and being a carer to my younger sister who needs all day supervision and additional support."

Alison got engaged last year and moved in with her partner of 17 years, making her diagnosis even harder for her family to deal with. They are planning on getting married in the future, so Vicci is determined to not let her condition get in the way of that.

In October, Alison received a stem cell transplant to give her the best chance of a longer period of remission. This is the equivalent of a major operation and with getting very strong chemotherapy, Alison will lose all of her hair.

"I know my mum feels quite emotional about losing her hair on top of everything else that's going on so just before her treatment she is going to her her hair cut short, at the same time I am going to get my hair shaved off in support of this.

"We can be baldies together. This is a very big thing for me, and my husband who is gutted that I will be losing my long locks, so I hope to raise a good sum of money."

Vicci also explained that Myeloma UK receive no Government funding and depend on fundraisers such as this to survive.

As it stands, Vicci has raised more than £4,700, smashing her target of £1,000. To donate to her JustGiving page, click here.

Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a blood cancer arising from plasma cells. At any one time there are around 24,000 people living with myeloma in the UK and it accounts for 15 per cent of blood cancers, as well as two per cent of all cancers.

Myeloma mainly affects those over the age of 65, however it has been diagnosed in people much younger The most common symptoms of myeloma include bone pain, recurring infection, kidney damage and fatigue.

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