THE heartbroken sister of a Bromsgrove woman who died of cancer hopes to help save someone else’s life by shining a light on the risks of her ‘invisible illness’.

Emily Redhead’s sister Amy was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) aged 11 and suffered with symptoms including abdomen pains and tiredness on a daily basis.

While medication can improve symptoms, there is currently no cure, and the chronic condition leads to an increased risk of developing bowel cancer.

Tragically, Amy found a lump in the left side of her lower abdomen last September and her worst fears were realised when she was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel/liver cancer a month later.

Even with chemotherapy, brave Amy was told she had just months to live.

Instead Amy attempted to try a holistic approach and raised more than £10,000 to fund her fight in a heart-warming online appeal.

She remained upbeat and documented her final days on social media, but by January her liver was 70 per cent cancerous, and after spending almost three weeks at Primrose Hospice, she died in February aged 28.

Her journey touched the hearts of thousands and now her sister Emily aims to continue raising awareness in her memory by releasing a booklet on Ulcerative Colitis.

Emily, 23, said: “I decided to write this booklet for many reasons but most of all, to continue my sisters legacy and raise further awareness on the risks Ulcerative Colitis sufferers face - one being cancer.

“I hope the booklet will achieve raising further awareness on inflammatory bowel disease and how cancer can effect anyone suffering with this illness at any age.

“I hope to save someone’s life by promoting my story. I would hate to see another young male or female end up in the position my sister did.

“I know Amy would want me to do what I can to help anyone else in her position or prevent it from happening.

“I have her in my head and heart throughout and will continue to do what I can.”

Emily has printed 300 copies of her book, titled ‘Living on the other side of Ulcerative Colitis: Welcome to my story’, which is selling for £3.50.

It is already stocked at the Primrose Hospice, Princess of Wales Community Hospital, and Amy’s former doctors Davenal House.

A Kindle version of the book is also available for £4.50 on Amazon.

All money raised will be split between Crohn's & Colitis UK and The Amy Redhead Foundation - a charity set up in her memory.

Emily added: “I am really keen to get this booklet into as many local business who are happy to support this.

“There are around 146,000 people in the UK that suffer with colitis. My aim is to reach as many people within the UK.”

Any business which can stock the booklets can contact Emily on