A mother with four young boys has been diagnosed with cancer after having a mole removed – just weeks after having a baby.
Victorian mum Amanda had just given birth to baby number four – the youngest still only two years old – when, because of complications, she had to have her uterus removed.
Not long after this, she was back in hospital with blood clots in her lungs, resulting in the need to inject herself with blood thinners twice a day for six months.
As a fundraising page launched by a friend shows, that wasn’t the end of Amanda’s time in hospital.
“Imagine this… around 4 weeks later, things have started to calm down, and you have just started to settle into a routine at home with your four children,” the campaign statement reads.
“Then you visit your doctor. He removes a mole. Then you get the news … melanoma.
“You go in for more surgery, this time with a newborn baby in your arms.
“The aim is to remove more tissue from the site and to drain the lymph nodes. The surgery is completed; further tests are conducted.
“At this point you are desperately hoping for the nightmare to be over. But it isn’t; you get the call … you have cancer.”
Close friend Chloe Bilston, who organised the GoFundMe campaign, described Amanda as “one of the most generous and giving people I have ever known.”
“I wish this story wasn’t about my beautiful friend Amanda,” she writes.
“She has always been the first person to jump up and help others; to give unconditionally to her family and to all those around her.
“She of all people doesn’t deserve this.
“I would like to show this mother of four beautiful boys that we will stand with her in this fight.”