This is Erin's story. It's frightening
You see, Erin was diagnosed with breast cancer partway into her second pregnancy with little Harlyn.
Erin’s greatest fear is not being there to see her babies grow up.
Erin was 13 weeks into a greatly welcomed second pregnancy when she woke up one morning with a swollen armpit.
Erin’s doctor sent her for an ultrasound, then a biopsy. Two days later, the doctor rang back. “Come into the surgery”, she said. “And bring your husband with you.”
That’s when Erin knew it was serious.
With your help Erin doesn’t need to fear the future—or leaving her children without a mother.
When the doctor first told Erin she had difficult to treat triple negative cancer in her right breast, Erin burst into tears and sobbed uncontrollably. Erin and her husband Sean were shattered.
Their fears were overwhelming. Would their unborn baby survive? Would Erin survive? Would she be around to see her darling little girl Laila and her new baby grow up?
“I was very, very frightened,” she said. “I didn’t know if we could even keep the baby.”
Already tired by pregnancy and an active toddler, Erin was sick and exhausted. But toddlers don’t understand that their mums can feel sick and need to rest. Laila, then two-and-a half, remained her usual bouncy self.
Erin gave birth to her second child—Harlyn—five months after being diagnosed with cancer.
The week after Harlyn was born, Erin started intensive radiotherapy.
This year, Harlyn will turn six - six years after Erin’s cancer diagnosis
Thanks to the support of you and others like you, huge advances have been made in many types of cancer, including breast cancer.
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in Australian women. One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with it by the age of 85.
Over 19,000 Australian women are being diagnosed with breast cancer every year. And sadly, more than 3,100 women will die from the disease this year.
That’s why Cancer Council NSW has made breast cancer a priority area for cancer research. We need to find the answers. And we need your help to do it.
This is what your gift to research can do. It can give people like Erin more birthdays with her children.
Associate Professor Alexander Swarbrick and his team are exploring ways to use the exciting new field of immunotherapy to develop vital new treatments for advanced breast cancer.
“Our study aims to develop new immunotherapy strategies for advanced breast cancer, thereby reducing the mortality of this disease. We are so thankful for your support of this project and will do everything we can to deliver exciting new breakthroughs.”
-Assoc. Prof. Alexander Swarbrick
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