A mum received the ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ news she has ɪɴᴄᴜʀᴀʙʟᴇ ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ just days after giving birth to ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ twins.
Lorna Whiston, 26,from Cheshire is ᴜɴᴅᴇʀɢᴏɪɴɢ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ for the ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ at the same time as looking after newborn twins, Reuben and Arya, and her first son, Mason, who is three. It’s the second time Lorna has been ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ, the first being in February 2019. She said:” I was playing with Mason, who was only one at the time, and he ʜɪᴛ my boob and I thought it seemed a bit sore. I felt it and found a ʟᴜᴍᴘ, but I thought it was just ʜᴏʀᴍᴏɴᴀʟ because I was only 24 at the time and on my ᴘᴇʀɪᴏᴅ. I had a ʙɪᴏᴘsʏ and then on February 4, ironically World ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ Day. I received my diagnosis of ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛ ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ. I had a ᴅᴏᴜʙʟᴇ ᴍᴀsᴛᴇᴄᴛᴏᴍʏ with reconstruction the following month, ꜰʀᴏᴢᴇ her ᴇɢɢs and six months of ᴄʜᴇᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀᴀᴘʏ.”
She said: “You aren’t sᴜᴘᴘᴏsᴇᴅ to try and get ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ in the first couple of years after ᴄʜᴇᴍᴏ, and it was an ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ, but a good ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ! ᴄʜᴇᴍᴏ can make you ɪɴꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟᴇ and that’s why I ꜰʀᴏᴢᴇ my ᴇɢɢs, and after you get told that you are probably going to be ɪɴꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟᴇ it’s all you can think about. But we fell ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ naturally, and twins were even more of a sʜᴏᴄᴋ – I released two ᴇɢɢs but there aren’t any other twins on my side of the family. I was so excited and overjoyed, and both mE and Jonny felt blessed, like it was meant to happen.” Her ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ continued normally until after five months Lorna started getting ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜʟᴇss easily, even after just going up the stairs she would want to sit down.
She said: “I thought it was just down to it being twins at first, but then in November I developed a little ᴄᴏᴜɢʜ. The ᴄᴏᴜɢʜ quickly got ᴡᴏʀsᴇ and after three days I sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇᴅ to get to the end of a sentence when reading a book for my son.” Jonny rang 111, and they went into Ⓐ&Ⓔ where an Ⓧ-ⓡⓐⓨ was taken of Lorna’s ᴄʜᴇsᴛ. Lorna said: “They thought my ᴀᴏʀᴛᴀ could be ᴇɴʟᴀʀɢᴇᴅ, which is ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs for the babies, so they did a CT scan to ʀᴜʟᴇ it out and that was when they saw there was a mass just above my ᴄᴏʟʟᴀʀʙᴏɴᴇ. Even though they couldn’t confirm anything, I immediately thought the ᴡᴏʀsᴛ and was a bit ᴜᴘsᴇᴛ. It’s ʜᴀʀᴅ to hear it a second time once you’ve been through it all once.” After a couple of days in ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ and a ʙɪᴏᴘsʏ, Lorna decided to have the babies early in case she needed to go ahead with ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ treatment. Just one week after her ʙɪᴏᴘsʏ, Lorna gave birth to her twins on Monday 23 November by ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. Reuben and Arya were premature, born 34 weeks and 5 days along, at 5lb 1oz and 4lb 8oz respectively and were taken to the neonatal ward for care. She said: “I was so relieved because they said they might not come out crying as they were so young, but they did, which was the best thing.”
Lorna had her full-body CT scan the day after giving birth and, just four days later, was told her ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛ ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ had returned but this time it was at Stage 4 and terminal. She said: “It’s ʜᴀʀᴅ, I have days where it’s all I can think about, whether Mason and the twins will even remember me because they’re so young. I worry the affect it will have on Mason because he’s not old enough to understand, he just thinks ᴍᴜᴍᴍʏ’s ᴘᴏᴏʀʟʏ.” So, Lorna now wants to use her story to urge younger women to check their ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛs, as the ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ can develop at any age.