A young mum-of-three has been diagnosed with incurable stage four breast cancer just days after delivering her twins.
Lorna Whiston, 26, had previously suffered from cancer, but the return diagnosis means she now fears she may never see her twins go to school, friends say.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2019, and had a double mastectomy, followed by egg preservation, six months of chemotherapy and three weeks of radiotherapy.
The heavy treatment programme paid off, and in January 2020 a scan showed no evidence of cancer.
She fell pregnant two months later in March, but last month the 26-year-old from Haslington, near Crewe, went to A&E after a conversation with 111 CheshireLive.
She had been suffering from breathlessness, a change in her voice and a cough.
A scan later revealed a mass on her chest.
To allow for treatment that was needed, Ms Whitson decided to have the twins delivered early.
But on the Friday following the birth, she received the heartbreaking news that her breast cancer had returned and was now stage 4. Stage 4 cancer is classed as incurable.
Now, one of Lorna’s best friends from school, Sam Irlam, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Lorna, her partner Johnny, her three-year-old son Mason, and twins Arya and Reuben.
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.”
The page has already raised more than half of the £10,000 target, and Sam said the dream would be that the donations could secure a deposit for a house for the family.
This would allow a safety net for when Lorna passes, helping Johnny, her partner, as he brings the three kids up on his own.
After the GoFundMe was set up, someone approached Sam, offering to lend Lorna and her family their accommodation in America.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made it so they haven’t been able to go out, but the offer stands.
On top of this, Sam has been inundated with offers and donations, including one generous couple buying the family all new appliances.
“I think any parent can relate to this. It’s any parent’s worse nightmare, leaving a child, twins, babies.” Sam said,
“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.”
On top of helping Laura, Sam said it’s about raising awareness around breast cancer too, with too many people thinking “it’s not going to happen to me.”