Mother who thought she had heartburn is fighting for her life after tragically being diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer which has now spread to her liver, thinking for months she had burns stomach.
Following her devastating diagnosis in September 2020, Amie Walton, 29, underwent chemotherapy and had 60% of her liver removed.
Unfortunately, the cancer returned and her liver was once again overrun with tumors.
Just before Halloween 2021, Amie, from Birmingham, learned the heartbreaking news that the cancer had reached her lungs, was now terminal and that there was nothing more doctors could do.
Her children Harry and Mia are seven and five years old.
Birmingham Live reports that she has been told that a form of chemotherapy treatment called SIRT (Selective Internal Radiation Therapy) could potentially allow her to watch her children grow up.
However, it is not available on the NHS and will cost Â£ 35,000 to have it privately.
To have a good chance of success, treatment must be given in December, so now Amie’s fiancÃ© Chris Mills, her family and best friend Jess Davies have vowed to run against time to help get the money for save Amie’s life.
âWhen you grow up you expect your parents to go away so you prepare for that but you never think that you are going to lose your best friend, that the kids are going to lose their moms,â Jess said, 30 years old, who lives near Amie.
Amie’s illness has caused her son to ask him the most heartbreaking question a mother can hear.
âHer children Harry and Mia are little dreams, they are amazing,â added Jess, who is the godmother of the two children.
âWe were supposed to get together for Halloween, but Amie had just found out that she was put into hospice care and didn’t want to, so I said I would take the turn or treat the kids.
“I was putting on Mia makeup and I saw Harry walk up to Amie and say, ‘Are you going to die?’ with a shudder in her voice. And Friend said, “I am, but I’m going to keep fighting, okay?”
âHarry broke his little heart and Amie sat there cuddling him. I looked at Mia and she had a tear that fell on her makeup.
âAmie’s fiancÃ©, Chris, was sitting there with his head in his hands. That’s why we have to do everything we can to help them. They want to do this surgery in December, so we have four weeks to save his life. life.”
SIRT is a type of internal radiation therapy used to treat secondary and sometimes primary liver tumors that cannot be removed with surgery. Although this is not a cure, it could prolong her life and allow her to continue her treatment.
A JustGiving page has been set up and has already raised over Â£ 17,000. You can donate here.
Amie, who is due to turn 30 in January and can’t wait to marry Engineer Chris, said: âWords cannot describe how grateful I am to everyone who has donated. Without them, it would not be possible for me to get the treatment I need.
“I’m begging people to keep sharing and donating. I’m not ready to go anywhere yet, I want to stay with my babies.”
Jess, Amie’s siblings and friends – known as #AmiesArmy – are hosting a charity event on Saturday December 4th at Walsall Rugby Club called Amie’s Big Fun Fundraiser.
From noon to late there will be DJs, face painting, a bouncy castle, raffle, date auction and more to try and raise as much as possible for Friend’s treatment. Learn more here.
Former cafe worker Amie’s symptoms were easily overlooked as she believed she had just had severe heartburn, similar to what her mother and grandmother had suffered over the years.
âShe tried the tablets but they only worked for a few hours and then it came back,â Jess said. “Eventually I persuaded her to go to the doctor and she was sent for a CT scan.”
At first, the doctors thought Amie had a blood clot, but they called her urgently and told her it was cancer.
âI will never forget that day,â said Jess, who works in corporate protection. âFriend texted me, ‘This is bad news. I have cancer. I can not talk. There is nothing they can do. Talk later.’
âI dropped my phone and fell to the ground. I was angry that she couldn’t call me. So I got up and walked around. She was setting there and when I walked in she just collapsed with her head on my shoulder.
“That’s when I said I would continue until this was the last thing I did.”
Chris proposed to Amie on Christmas Day and the couple can’t wait to tie the knot.
Jess added, âWe refuse to give up on Amie and are willing to do anything to give her a second chance.
“I don’t understand why SIRT is no longer available, it offers a good survival rate. The consultant said he thinks selective internal radiation therapy will work. Once Amie has had this treatment, it will help him. to undergo a major operation, which will hopefully cure her.
âShe is my best friend and the best mom. She’s the kind of person who would do anything for anyone and never want anything in return. Amie is funny and has a great sense of humor.
“I am determined to raise the money so that she can continue to live – her children and Chris need her more than anything.
“She’s in survival mode and nothing bothers her. It’s extremely difficult for her, but she’s positive and the support keeps her going. You can see the fight in her eyes and we firmly believe miracles happen.”
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