Beauty inside

Crush on the death of a young mother

THE COMMUNITY in Derrylin and far beyond has been devastated by the death of popular young mother Lorraine Cox-Connolly.
The 43-year-old, who died peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, leaves a lasting legacy for others facing terminal illness, after her pioneering campaign during her own five-year battle with motor neuron disease resulted in a change in the law.
Earlier this year, Stormont passed the Social Security (Terminal Illness) Bill to improve support for terminally ill people, extending the level of benefit support to 12 months.
The bill had been introduced by the NI Law Center on behalf of Ms Cox, who had campaigned for change after discovering she could not get fast-track help from the Social Security system because her neurologist was not unable to say that his death was expected. within six months.
Instead, she still had to look for work months after being medically retired due to her condition. Maurice Connolly, who lovingly cared for Ms Cox throughout her illness, said her determination to make a difference was a testament to her character and the way she approached life and her illness.
“She faced it head on and never complained,” he said. “In the middle of her motor neuron, she got breast cancer, and went through chemo and all that too. It was a double whammy for her.
Originally from Moyne in County Longford, Ms Cox’s parents moved to Teemore many years ago and she visited Fermanagh regularly while working at MBNA in Carrick-on-Shannon, before eventually making the county her home . Mr Connolly said Ms Cox was a loving mother to their three children, Ethan (16), Socha (14) and Lewis (9). She also enjoyed swimming, music, and socializing, with a wide circle of friends.
“It was evident from the number of people present at the funeral and at the graveside afterwards,” he said. “She was a very popular girl.”
Unfortunately, it was thanks to Mrs. Cox’s love of music that the first signs of her illness appeared.
“She was very good on the guitar,” Mr. Connolly said. “That would have been the first telltale sign of the motor neuron, his left hand would have been the first to give trouble. She just wasn’t adept at getting the deals.

Tributes have since poured in from Fermanagh and Longford for Ms Cox, who was described by friends as kind, caring and ‘crack-ready’, a talented woman who was ‘a beauty, inside and out. ‘outside’, and who had ‘a fearless spirit.’
The “Leg it For Lorraine” fundraising campaign sadly announced the news of his death on Friday.
“We are heartbroken that this day has come. Lorraine has fought so bravely over the past five years, but is now at peace,” they said in a statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and especially her beautiful children and her wide circle of friends. Thank you Lorraine for being you and for the joy you have brought to all of us. beyond words.
Dromard GAA in Longford expressed sympathy to Ms Cox’s family, including her father Joe Cox, sister Fionnuala and brother Brendan.
“Lorraine fought a fierce fight against MND and cancer with incredible courage and great dignity,” said a club spokesperson.
The Fermanagh School of Music and Performing Arts also paid tribute to the pioneering woman and sent condolences to her family.
“We are very saddened to learn of the passing of one of our former students,” they said. “Lorraine was a beautiful singer and guitarist with a beautiful heart and mind. Not only that, she was a friend.
Ms Cox’s funeral was held at St Ninnidh’s Church in Derrylin on Sunday, followed by interment in the nearby cemetery.

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Posted: 9:00 am July 22, 2022