Tayside’s most inspiring mum celebrated the perfect Mother’s Day, thanks to the Evening Telegraph.
Lyndsay Bremner, 36, of Kirkton, suffered a brain haemorrhage two years after her partner Nathan Hebden, 33, died from the same condition.
Due to the resultant paralysis down one side of her body, the mum of four spent nearly a year housebound until last month when she finally received an electric wheelchair.
Throughout her battle for survival, the brave mum continued to look after children Declan, 15; Dylan, 10; Devin, seven, and Derri-Jane, five.
To reward her determination, Declan put his mum forward for a special day of pampering, including a trip to the nail bar, a make-up session and a new outfit for Mother’s Day, courtesy of Debenhams and the Overgate.
She said: “Declan just came up to me and said ‘Mum, I’ve filled in something on your phone for Mother’s Day’, which was really sweet.
“Of course, you never think you’ll win it, but when I found out I had, I was just speechless and that never usually happens!
“I guess it’s just that I’ve never won anything in my life before, so I just wasn’t expecting it.”
After having her make-up done by artist Alison Bell, Lyndsay then chose two outfits to wear and had her nails painted by Elegance Beauty Group. Lyndsay said: “It’s just lovely to be pampered although, to be fair, the kids really treated me on Sunday as well.
“My 10-year-old has just learnt to make me cups of tea and on Sunday morning they made tea with toast.
“I also got some chocolate and a big bouquet of flowers it was just wonderful.”
Everyday life for wheelchair-bound Lyndsay is always a challenge, as she lives in a two-storey house and only has a carer for 40 minutes a day, five days a week.
And, with Dundee City Council unlikely to be able to rehome Lyndsay in a bungalow for up to two years, she sometimes struggles to be positive.
She said: “Being a single parent, I find it really hard to do everything I need to.
“I have three children under the age of 10 and my house is not made for disabled people.
“Just simple things are hard for me. I have to sleep on the sofa, as I can’t get up and down the stairs.
“I’ve even set myself on fire three times because I can’t reach my stove properly.
“I need a four or five-bedroom house that doesn’t have stairs and, obviously, they’re hard to find. The council say it could be 18 months to two years before they find me somewhere.”
However, thanks to the support of her children and charity The Attic, Lyndsay’s life has been made significantly better.
She said: “The kids have been great. They help me do the shopping, they help me with the washing-up and laundry.
“The Attic group have been superb, too.
“They raised money, through charity runs, to pay for my ramp up to the front door and my electric wheelchair.”