Beth, a mother of two young children, recently found out she has secondary breast cancer. Here, she tells us about her hopes for them - and herself.
I was initially given a primary diagnosis
In 2017, I was diagnosed with HER2+ breast cancer. It was just five months after giving birth to my second child, a baby girl.
However, at the end of 2019 when they ran an MRI to check everything was normal before I had the surgery, they found a small lump.
The cancer had spread through my body
I had a double mastectomy but took a long time to recover because I caught a nasty cough that turned into pneumonia. It was only once I had two negative tests for COVID-19 that they did a CT scan confirming cancer in both of my lungs, as well as being in my liver, hips, spine and neck.
It is stage four, and any treatment I have now will only prolong my life, I will never be cured.
I've had five rounds of chemo and am about to have some radiotherapy to ease some of the symptoms the cancer is giving me.
Despite everything, I feel positive
I had blogged on and off throughout my experience, but I didn’t have any time to lose and set up a YouTube channel telling my story and documenting the end of my life - both as a project for me and a legacy to leave behind for my children.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up to make our dream come true, by welcoming a puppy into our family that we can train to become a therapy dog. It will be a comfort for me, but more importantly, a companion for my husband and the children once I’m not around anymore.
We are so incredibly grateful that, although I received an awful prognosis, I feel more alive than ever by pursuing all of my dreams - because none of us know if we ever really have more than today. So if you want it, go for it.
If you or someone close to you is going through secondary breast cancer, we have lots of information and support.