A MUM has revealed how she was diagnosed with breast cancer a day after giving birth, having spotted a lump while breastfeeding her other child.
But Camille*, from Perth, Australia, was in for more heartbreak when her partner – and father of her two kids – left her three months later.
Speaking to Mamamia, she explained she was diagnosed with cancer in March 2016, the day after having a C-section.
The mum, who had tried for IVF for three years, was gobsmacked when she fell pregnant naturally twice.
She said the relationship was already deteriorating from the stress of IVF, but the parents tried to make things work for their kids.
Camille first discovered a lump in her breast when she was breastfeeding her daughter, but assumed it was mastitis.
I was just going, ‘Oh my God, what’s going to happen to my kids? Am I going to die?’
Ten months later, a week before giving birth to her son, she spotted another lump under her arm.
She mentioned it to the midwife and got tests done, but soon forgot about it in the drama of having another baby.
When she eventually got the bad news, her partner wasn't exactly supportive.
He refused to drive Camille to get her tests results and told her "at least it's only breast cancer" when she was diagnosed.
The dad-of-two took extra shifts at work and, three months after the diagnosis, he walked out on her for good.
Camille recalled: "I was on my knees on the floor holding the newborn and the one-year-old was in the high chair screaming because she didn’t want to eat her dinner.
"I was so crippled with pain from the drugs I was on. I was begging him ‘Please, don’t go. Just stay here and help me. I don’t care if you hate me.’ And he just left. That was it."
Breast cancer: The facts
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and 99% of cases affect women.
One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
More than 80% of breast cancers are in women over the age of 50.
Every year, around 11,500 people die from breast cancer in the UK.
There are an estimated 691,000 breast cancer survivors currently living here in Britain.
More than half of breast cancer survivors struggled with anxiety at the end of treatment, while a third battled depression.
Source: Breast Cancer Org.uk
The mum was left devastated and ended up on further medication for anxiety – because she was feeling "absolute panic".
She said: "I was just going, ‘Oh my God, what’s going to happen to my life? What’s going to happen to my kids? Am I going to die?’"
Luckily, Camille's friends and family rallied around her while she underwent chemo, a double mastectomy, a course of radiation and follow-up surgery.
She also met a new man at an online dinner club – despite warning him she was a single mum with two kids under two and no boobs.
She's now an ambassador for So Brave, Australia's breast cancer charity for women under 40.
Earlier today, we revealed the partner of mum who died from breast cancer has been left bankrupt after she refused NHS treatment.
*Camille is not her real name.
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