Chanelle Moles, 34, first felt unbearable fatigue shortly after giving birth to her second child in 2019
Image: Facebook/Save Chanelle)
A mother of two who was turned away by doctors who told her she had low iron and postnatal depression actually had terminal cancer and just months to live.
Chanelle Moles, 34, from Fremantle in Western Australia, felt unbearably tired shortly after giving birth to her second child in 2019.
But she was repeatedly turned away by GPs who told her she was suffering from a postnatal hormonal imbalance.
Chanelle’s fatigue continued to worsen, but she thought it was “normal” for a mom with a toddler and a newborn on her hands.
She turned to a healthy diet and exercise in hopes of curing her fatigue, but knew something was wrong after she fell into bed after a walk and couldn’t get up for days.
It wasn’t until she went back to the doctor in late 2020 that she pushed for an answer.
After blood tests showed she had low iron and anemia, she underwent a colonoscopy in October 2020 that revealed her devastating diagnosis.
Doctors told the 34-year-old mother of two that a large tumor had grown in her colon.
But after further scans, they found that the cancer had spread to her liver – and that it was stage 4, or terminal.
In a Facebook post, she wrote: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that within five years of becoming a mother, I would be told I didn’t have much longer to live.
“Every day I wake up, I wish I could just ‘wake up’ from this nightmare and see that it was all just a dream.
“Unfortunately it’s not, this is my reality and the reality for my beautiful children and husband. I don’t want to leave her, not yet. I love life and will do anything to fight for mine.”
Due to the aggressiveness of the cancer, surgeons operated within a month to remove the tumor and spots on her liver.
She underwent 13 months of grueling chemotherapy before her body began struggling under the treatment.
Doctors then used a type of radiation therapy called CyberKnife, which was initially successful, sending her into remission after destroying the lesions on her liver.
Chanelle’s reprieve lasted just a month before she was told days before Christmas that the cancer had spread again – this time to her abdominal cavity, ovaries and entire abdomen.
Now the cancer has spread to her lymph nodes, diaphragm and lungs and has returned to the liver.
She was told she had between six and 18 months to live, Yahoo News Australia reports.
Chanelle’s distraught family and friends are trying to raise money so that their “MummyBee” in Houston, USA can be subjected to a “state-of-the-art” anti-neopeptide treatment.
If you want to donate, you can do so here.
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