Mum, 42, has just weeks to live after being diagnosed with cancer during her pregnancy

Helen Turner, 42, from Walthamstow, east London, was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant with daughter Elsie, now two, but has been told she has no only a few more weeks to live.

Helen Turner, pictured with husband Mark on their wedding day, has been battling cancer for two years

A mother who was told by doctors she had just weeks to live after being diagnosed with cancer during her pregnancy – and who bravely married her partner in hospital.

Helen Turner, 42, has been battling the disease for two years and until last month was responding well to treatment.

But after struggling to breathe, Helen was told the cancer had spread to her liver and doctors now believe she has weeks to live, MyLondon reports.

Helen, who lives in Walthamstow, east London, has now moved into a hospice in Stevenage and is undergoing treatment aimed at prolonging her life as much as possible.

Described by friends as a “towering human goddess”, Helen bravely married her partner, Mark, while undergoing treatment in hospital. The couple’s young daughter, Elsie, two, was among the small group of family and friends who attended the ceremony.

A GoFundMe A page created by Helen’s devastated family reads: “Our amazing friend, partner, mother and towering human goddess, has received the devastating news that her cancer has returned and, this time, is incurable.

Helen tragically learned she only had weeks to live


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“Helen’s first cancer experience began two years ago when she was pregnant with Elsie, now two. It meant a stressful and abrupt end to her pregnancy and then her life with a new Born while going through chemotherapy, Helen took it all in her stride and apparently everything was fine.

“About a month ago Helen had difficulty breathing and went back to hospital. Tragically they found the cancer had spread to her liver, with the dire prognosis being that she will be two years old at live.

“Friends and family have gathered, thinking of ways to raise money for her to provide a financial cushion over the next two years and put it towards Elsie’s future.

“Unfathomably, in the last few days Helen learned that her treatment was not working and what was two years has now become weeks.”

Now, Helen’s lifelong friends are planning to run the “Big Half Marathon” in September later this year to show their support. Bella Quinn, 34, who went to college with Helen, said: ‘We all felt so helpless… we feel so delirious over this anticipated grief.

“We had planned to do the big half marathon in September to raise money for her, but it seems the unthinkable reality will be that she won’t be there to see it. We will now be running in her honor and all the donations will go to a trust fund for Elsie,” the description on the GoFundMe page reads.

“Many of you know Helen in all her kindness, creativity, warmth and humor. I mean, she’s basically a unicorn. But to anyone who doesn’t know her – if you can afford it – please donate even the smallest amount and consider it a pint or a coffee Money obviously cannot replace a parent but in the face of this hideous disease it is something we can do Helen feels empowered and supportive of her family.

So far over £3,200 has been raised through over 90 donations. Bella added: “It shows how much Helen is loved… to have so many people involved.

“It’s a gathering of people who know Helen and those who don’t… my elderly mother is going for a walk, there are people in Australia who are getting involved too, people with injured ankles who say that they’re going swimming…it really warms the heart.”

Helen will now spend her final days in a hospice surrounded by her family.

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