A mom 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 mom Amie Walton suddenly felt excruciating pain while playing with her little ones, she dismissed it as exhaustion, The sun relationships.
But just 12 hours later, she was given a shocking diagnosis which she believes will mean she won’t see her children grow up.
The 30-year-old had never had any health problems before, but had been suffering from heartburn for months.
After experiencing excruciating pain in both shoulders in September 2020, she spoke to her doctor, who suspected she had a blood clot.
She was rushed to the hospital where doctors revealed that she had a pea-sized tumor on the right side of her colon that had spread to the liver.
Sadly, Amie was told she had stage 4 bowel cancer.
the mom-of-two is now raising money to pay £ 2000 per month (A $ 3500) treatment to buy time to watch her two children, Harry, eight and Mia, six grow up.
She said: “When I was diagnosed with stage 4, I was completely empty. I was so upset. It all happened so quickly. “
Within a week of being diagnosed, Amie underwent aggressive chemotherapy that made her hypersensitive to cold, meaning she couldn’t even touch her children’s hands if they weren’t warm enough.
In April 2021, she was told that the chemo had been successful and that she could have 60% of her liver removed.
Amie, who had six tumors on the left side of the liver and 15 on the right side, said, “I was terrified, I thought I was going to die. I am so young and I was fit and healthy so it was a huge shock.
“But the chemo was miraculous. We were told I had a small chance it would succeed, but it worked. My liver went from being like that of an alcoholic to being completely normal. “
But after undergoing the procedure, two more cancers were found and Amie had to have three more rounds of chemo in June 2021.
Then, in November, she was told that the treatment had not worked and that she would have to undergo selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) treatment, in which tiny radioactive beads are injected into the artery that feeds the cancer.
Treatment costs £ 35,000 (A $ 62,000) and is not available on the NHS.
To help raise funds, Amie’s friend Jess Davies has launched a fund which currently totals 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 close to where the children are and I always say it’s where I should be, not in the cancer ward.
“It was just surreal. I can’t believe it sometimes, I’m so young.
“Especially on days when I don’t feel so bad. I just don’t really understand how I have cancer.
“Even the nurses cried when they saw me and every day they see the most horrible things.
“I am a young mum with small children. I shouldn’t be walking in and out of the hospital wondering how much time I have left. “
When Amie was recovering from treatment in March of this year, she was told she was unable to undergo a liver resection.
Further tests revealed that he had more than 50 tumors in each lung.
He added: “I just wanted to curl up in a ball. I feel like I’m living in a nightmare and I want to wake up. “
Amie also battled sepsis and said she can’t believe this all happened due to a small tumor in her intestines.
She is trying to stay positive and wants to extend her life so that she can be the mom of her kids longer.
Amie said: “All I care about is my kids and my boyfriend. I still want my kids to see me as their mom, who has always been there for them.
“The hardest days are when I miss the things that matter to them, because I’m sick or being treated. My daughter acted for the first time and I couldn’t be there, which was really sad.
“These are the parenting moments where you need to be there, because it’s so important to your kids.
“This palliative chemotherapy would mean I could be there for them longer.”
Her boyfriend Chris added that he feels numb and that his options are running out.
He added: “Our oncologist started talking to us about wills, which was just something I didn’t think we’d ever talk about. “But I’m so proud of Amie. She was amazing, having gone through the most horrible time and doing everything she can for our children. “
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.
Originally published as I thought I was just having heartburn, but I’m dying and I won’t see my kids grow up