A mother who was told she had low iron and postpartum depression by clumsy doctors has now found she only has a few months to live.
Chanelle Moles, 34, suffered from unbearable fatigue after giving birth to her second child in 2019.
But her concerns were ignored by family doctors who told her she was suffering from a postnatal hormonal imbalance.
Chanelle, from Fremantle, Western Australia, continues to suffer from her symptoms but considers her tiredness “normal” for a new mother.
She even followed a healthy diet and exercise regimen to try to cure her fatigue, but ran back to the doctor after collapsing in bed after a walk.
The mother of two was unable to get up for days and pressured her doctor for blood tests that showed she was low in iron and anaemia.
She then underwent a colonoscopy in October 2020, which revealed that she had a large colon tumor.
Further tests showed that the cancer had spread to the liver – and that it was stage 4, or terminal.
In a Facebook post, she wrote: “Never in my wildest dreams could I have thought that five years after becoming a mummy I would be told I don’t have much time to live.
“Every day I wake up, I wish I could just ‘wake up’ from this nightmare and see that it was all a dream.
“Unfortunately it is not, this is my reality and the reality of my beautiful children and husband. I don’t want to leave them, not yet. I love life and I’m doing everything I can to fight for mine.”
Surgeons were forced to operate within a month because the tumor was so aggressive and removed the tumor along with the spots on her liver.
Chanelle then went through 13 months of grueling chemotherapy before her body began to struggle with the treatment.
Doctors then used a type of radiation therapy called CyberKnife, which was initially successful and put her into remission after destroying the lesions on her liver.
But a month later she was told that the cancer had spread again, to her ovaries, abdomen, lymph nodes, diaphragm, lungs and back to her liver.
Doctors reportedly gave her between six and 18 months to live, with her devastated friends and family trying to raise money for specialist treatment in the US.
They raised over $195,000 Australian Dollars for treatment in Houston.