A new mum who was tragically given a ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛ ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ diagnosis the same day she gave birth to her daughter has ᴅɪᴇᴅ just 19 months later. Karyn Love, from Brisbane, Australia, was told she had weeks to live on the day she welcomed her daughter Billi into the world. But Karyn exceeded doctor’s expectations, as she held on for 19 months before she ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ ᴀᴡᴀʏ this year.
Karyn envisions a sparkling funeral full of fairy lights as a ᴅᴇᴀᴅʟʏ ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ makes its way through her body. This mother’s eyes are set on being the best mother possible before she says her last goodbyes to her fragile newborn.
A pregnant Karyn was rushed to the hospital, with doctors performing an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ on the 38-year-old. However, the newly single mother’s celebration of the birth of her daughter, Billi Ra, was curtailed.
Holding the mom’s hand, the doctor told Karyn that she needed to search for Billi’s guardian. They informed her that she had stage-4 ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛ ᴄ.ᴀɴ.ᴄᴇʀ, which had spread throughout her body, giving her approximately three weeks to live.
Taking to GoFundMe to raise funds for the single mother, healthcare professional Camilla Chaplin dove deeper into the story. She explained that her client left the hospital after two weeks, even though doctors predicted she could not do so, expressing, “Karyn weaned herself off fentanyl and morphine so she could be present with Billi, who would spend two months in the hospital.”
Karyn chose to treat herself with chemotherapy and hormone blockers, along with complementary medicine, which the healthcare professional specializes in. The mother then, at last, brought her baby daughter home.
However, Chaplin has expressed concerns over what this may do to her client’s physical and emotional health. She explains that the exhaustion of being a single mother with a newborn while battling ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ is a severe challenge.
Although the mom has received significant support, the healthcare professional believes she needs a night nanny and extra money for medical bills. The GoFundMe account has so far reached just over $36,000 of its $20,000 goal.
Karyn has spoken about her journey with ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ and being a single mom. The mother said she was in total sʜᴏᴄᴋ and disbelief at the beautiful and then tr.a.gic news she had received.
However, she expressed, once she got to finally cradle her newborn and feel her baby’s skin on her skin, the reality of her mortal situation genuinely sank in.
Karyn also took to Instagram on her daughter’s first birthday, saying she was happy to be alive to mark the happy milestone.
She wrote: “What an honour it is to celebrate my daughter’s birthday and a year of life,” she wrote on Instagram about the special day. “Love has been my secret weapon of choice. The love I have for my daughter. The love I have for my own life. The love the greater community has poured into our life. The love I have for my cancer. I have always been a believer that you need to feel to heal and I have definitely felt pain and sadness and I have also felt joy and pure presence. And that is something we all desire. To be present and live a life of gratitude. Life is a gift and I receive this gift with open arms.”
The mother has opened up about her hope that Billi remembers her in a good light, wishing that she will be proud of her mother. Karyn has truly beaten medical prophecies with this newborn at 19 weeks.
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