Mum Lorna Whiston had just given birth to twins when she was tragically told her stage four cancer was terminal.
The mum-of-three had had a double mastectomy in February 2019 followed by egg preservation treatment before undergoing six months of chemotherapy and three weeks of radiotherapy.
In January this year, the 26-year-old finished her treatment and after a scan showed no sign of cancer, she fell pregnant naturally in March.
However after a trip to A&E last month while she was experiencing breathlessness, a change in her voice and a cough Lorna was sent for another scan, according to Chester Live.
Doctors analysing the scan discovered a mass on her chest and after a consultation with an oncologist, a biopsy was performed.
Treatment could not go ahead while Lorna was pregnant, so she decided to induce labour early to allow for treatment.
However, just days after she gave birth to her twins Arya and Reuben, she was told her breast cancer had returned and it was terminal.
On behalf of the family, Sam Irlam, Lorna’s childhood best friend has set up a GoFundMe to help the Lorna, her partner Johnny, their three-year-old son Mason and the twins during this difficult time.
Sam said: “Originally, I set up a small Messenger group with literally just me and the girls that were all friends at school so maybe we could get her some gifts to cheer her up a little bit which would be nice.
“But I made that bigger and made it more of a whole year group thing, got everyone to add everyone from school and then I just decided, right, this can go bigger.
“We need to really muck in and try and do something really good for her. So I just opened it and it’s just kind of blew up really.”
So far the fund has already raised £5,000 of their £10,000 goal – with the hope of securing a deposit on a house for the family.
She said: “The main thing is so they’ve got some sort of safety net for when the worse happens because John is going to have three kids to bring up on his own.
“The dream would be to get a deposit for a house. That would be the best outcome that we could sort of aim towards.
“But then someone did approach me just as I started the GoFundMe saying that they had accommodation in America and that they would quite happily let Lorna and John stay.
“So it was just a case of flying them out there, which again, we’d love to do, but with Covid and everything at the minute, I don’t know how likely that’s going to be to happen.
“But yeah, the house thing, that’s like my goal.”
Sam added that she has tried to thank the people who have donated, and said one generous couple had even bought the family new appliances.
She said: “I’ve tried to thank as many people as possible”
“We had a couple from Haslington and they offered to buy Lorna a brand new washing machine and a brand new hoover from Currys the next day.
“I was at work. I went on my break and she text me saying he’s just delivered them. They’re not cheap either. He got a Dyson Hoover for her and a brand new tumble dryer from Currys.
“It’s just amazing. I thanked him over and over again.”
Sam said that any donations will make the ‘whole world of difference’ to the family and she hopes it raises awareness for breast cancer and women to check themselves.
“I think any parent can relate to this. It’s any parent’s worse nightmare, leaving a child, twins, babies. She might never see them go to school.
“Everyone can relate to it and how important money is to survive and it will just make the whole world of difference to this family.
“It’s not just Lorna’s story either, it’s about making awareness as well for obviously breast cancer within younger woman. I never even thought to check myself until this happened to Lorna because you just don’t.
“You think, ‘it’s not going to happen to me’. That’s another big message I want to send across to people.”
The GoFundMe page has a passage titled ‘Lorna’s story in her own words,’ in which Lorna said: “I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2019, I had a double mastectomy the following month, followed by egg preservation, 6 months of chemotherapy and 3 weeks of radiotherapy.
“In January 2020 I had a scan which showed no evidence of cancer. We fell pregnant naturally in March 2020 with twins.
“In November 2020 I went to A&E following a conversation with 111 about breathlessness and a change to my voice and cough. I had a scan of my chest which revealed a mass.
“After a couple of days in the hospital, I had a conversation with my oncologist who arranged a biopsy to be done. We decided to have the twins delivered early so we could commence any treatment that may be needed.
“The Friday following the birth of the twins, I received the news that the breast cancer had returned and was now stage 4, meaning it is incurable.”