A mother who was sentenced to death after her heartburn turned out to be stage 4 bowel cancer is raising money for expensive treatment.
Having children can be tiring.
So when mum Amie Walton suddenly felt a throbbing pain while playing with her little ones, she dismissed it as fatigue, The sun reports.
But just 12 hours later she received a shocking diagnosis which she says means she will not see her children grow up.
The 30-year-old had never had any health problems before, but had suffered from heartburn for months.
After experiencing shooting pains in both shoulders in September 2020, she spoke to her doctor, who suspected she had a blood clot.
She was rushed to hospital where doctors revealed she had a pea-sized tumor on the right side of her colon, which had spread to her liver.
Unfortunately, Amie was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer.
the mum-of-two is now fundraising paying a salary of £2,000 a month (A$3,500) to buy time and watch her two children, eight-year-old Harry and six-year-old Mia, grow up.
She said: ‘When I was diagnosed with stage 4 I went completely blank. I was so distraught. It all happened so fast. »
Less than a week after the diagnosis, Amie was put through aggressive chemotherapy treatment which left her hypersensitive to cold, meaning she couldn’t even touch her children’s hands if they weren’t quite warm.
In April 2021, she was told the chemo was successful and she was eligible to have 60% of her liver removed.
Amie, who had six tumors on the left side of her liver and 15 on the right side, said: “I was terrified, I thought I was going to die. I’m so young and I was fit and healthy so it was a huge shock.
“But the chemo was miraculous. We were told that I had a small chance of succeeding, but it worked. My liver went from being like an alcoholic’s to being completely normal.
But after undergoing the procedure, two more tumors were discovered and Amie had to undergo three more rounds of chemo in June 2021.
Then, in November, she was told the treatment hadn’t worked and she would have to undergo selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), where tiny radioactive beads are injected into the artery that feeds the cancer.
The treatment costs £35,000 (A$62,000) and is not available on the NHS.
To help raise funds, Amie’s pal Jess Davies has started a fund which currently stands at over £14,000 (A$24,000).
Amie said she had no idea what bowel cancer was until she followed Deborah James’ story on social media.
She said: ‘The unit where I get treatment in the hospital is next to where the babies are and I always say that’s where I should be, not in the cancer ward.
“It just felt surreal. I can’t believe it sometimes, I’m so young.
“Especially on the days when I don’t feel so bad. I don’t really understand how I got cancer.
“Even the nurses cried when they saw me and they see the most horrible things every day.
“I am a young mother with young children. I shouldn’t walk in and out of the hospital wondering how much time I have left.
When Amie was recovering from treatment in March this year, she was told she could not undergo liver resection.
Further tests revealed that she had more than 50 tumors in each lung.
She added, “I just wanted to curl up. I feel like I’m living a nightmare and I want to wake up.
Amie also battled sepsis and said she couldn’t believe it was all due to a small tumor in her gut.
She tries to stay positive and wants to extend her life so she can be the mother of her children for longer.
Amie said: “All I care about is my kids and my fiancé. I always want my kids to see me as their mum, who has always been there for them.
“The hardest days are when I miss important things for them, because I’m sick or on medication. My daughter had her first play and I couldn’t be there which was really sad.
“As a parent, these are times when you have to be there because it’s so important for your children.
“This palliative chemotherapy would mean I could be there for them longer.”
Her fiancé Chris added that he was feeling numb and options were running out.
He added: “Our oncologist started talking to us about wills, which I didn’t think we would ever talk about. “But I’m so proud of Amie. She has been amazing, having been through the most horrible times and doing everything she can for our children.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.
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