Mom gains months of life after hearing about tiredness caused by postpartum depression

Chanelle Moles, 34, began experiencing unbearable fatigue shortly after giving birth to her second child in 2019.

Chanelle Moles, mother of two, was given just a few months to live
Chanelle Moles, mother of two, was given just a few months to live

A mother of two who was turned away by doctors who told her she had low iron and postpartum depression actually had terminal cancer and only a few months to live.

Chanelle Moles, 34, from Fremantle, Western Australia, started experiencing unbearable fatigue shortly after giving birth to her second child in 2019.

But she was repeatedly turned down by family doctors who told her she was suffering from a postnatal hormonal imbalance.

Chanelle’s tiredness continued to get worse, but she felt it was “normal” for a mother with a baby and newborn in her hands.

She turned to healthy eating and exercise in hopes of curing her fatigue, but knew something wasn’t right after passing out in bed after a hike and being unable to get out for days.

It wasn’t until she returned to the doctor in late 2020 that she pressed for an answer.

After blood tests showed she was low in iron and anaemia, she underwent a colonoscopy in October 2020, which revealed her devastating diagnosis.

She was initially turned down by her doctor, who said she had a postnatal hormonal imbalance.


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Doctors told the 34-year-old mother of two that a large tumor had grown in her colon.

But after further examination, they found 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.”

Chanelle briefly went into remission, but later tests showed the cancer had spread aggressively.


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Due to the aggressiveness of the cancer, surgeons operated within a month to remove the tumor and the spots on his liver.

She 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.

Chanelle’s reprieve lasted just a month before she was told, days before Christmas, that the cancer had spread again – this time to the peritoneal cavity, ovaries and entire abdomen.

Now the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, diaphragm, lungs and has returned to the liver.

She has been told that she has between six and 18 months to live, reports Yahoo News Australia.

Chanelle’s distraught family and friends are trying to raise money so her “MummyBee” can undergo “state-of-the-art” anti-neopeptide treatment in Houston, USA.

If you want to donate, you can do so here.

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