Deborah was initially diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2013, a week after her 30th birthday. She got through her chemotherapy and radiation with determination and unbreakable spirit,
Last year in 2016, she received some remarkable news. She was expecting a baby, which was against all the odds after going through her cancer treatment, as she was told it was extremely unlikely she would be able to have children.
Orlando was born on 26th December 2016 - her miracle Christmas baby!
In March 2017 had her 4 year mammogram and ultrasound which was clear.
Unfortunately on June 12th she was taken to hospital via ambulance with chest pain and shortness of breath, and on June 14th she received the news that no one wants to hear - that her breast cancer had returned.
Not only that, it had spread to her shoulder, hip, liver, spine, and she had more than ten spots of cancerous spread on her brain. This means that she now has stage 4, or metastatic, cancer, which is inoperable due to the many areas it has spread to.
She has completed a course of brain radiotherapy, and has started her chemotherapy treatment, which if it goes well may go for as long as 6 months, however it will be assessed regularly to see if she is responding.
Since her diagnosis she has had to move in with her brother to help with the care of Orlando, as due to the bony spread of her cancer she finds it difficult to walk, and more heartbreakingly, cannot lift her son.
As a full time mum for her beautiful son, money is obviously extremely tight.
Any money donated would first and foremost go to assisting Deborah during her treatment - including transport (as she does not drive), medication, and day to day expenses.
She desperately needs extra help with Orlando and would like to be able to hire someone to help her care for him during the times that her family members and friends are unable to help her.
Any extra money would go towards a fund for Orlando for his future.
Deborah is incredibly determined to fight this horrible disease, however she needs extra support.
If anyone is able to donate, any tiny amount would be hugely appreciated by Deborah and her family, to help make this enormous battle she has ahead of her slightly easier to bear.
- Maryse T Duyker
- Rachael Grima
- Melissa Duffy
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