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A 31-year-old mother-to-be was diagnosed with terminal cancer just weeks after she discovered she was pregnant.

In June last year, Emma Grandison, 31, was told she was expecting her first child.

Mrs Grandison started to suffer pains in her side in early pregnancy.

She went to see her doctor who ordered a scan as he thought she might have gallstones.

The scan revealed her liver was riddled with tumours.

Emma Grandison underwent chemotherapy whilst pregnant. Photo: Mercury Press and Media

She was diagnosed with bowel cancer which had spread to her liver and become terminal.

She was told that without chemotherapy her life expectancy was only six months.

Mrs Grandison started chemotherapy while she was pregnant, according to the Mail Online.

Her baby, Erin, was delivered 15 weeks premature on November 5 - she weighed just 1lb 10oz.

Eighty days after she was born Erin is still in the neonatal unit but is making good progress.

“I have my bad days, but I always look for the golden nugget in every day. There is always something that makes me smile,” Mrs Grandison said.

“Today is a good day, I am not in pain, my medication is working … I’ve started a brand new drug. They are doing everything to keep me going.

“I have always loved a challenge, I just see this as a challenge.”

She added: “Becoming a wife, mother and dealing with my diagnosis in such a short space of time has been very surreal.”

Ian Grandison proposed to Emma shortly after her diagnosis last year and three weeks later they were married in a ceremony organised by close friends.

The pair had always planned to get married but Mrs Grandison’s diagnosis meant that plan was brought forward.

Mrs Grandison is currently having chemotherapy once every two weeks and she says the one thing that really scares her is not seeing her daughter grow up.

She describes her husband as her pillar of strength. She said: “He is my rock.”

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