A UK woman was able to deliver her baby safely after she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at 20 weeks pregnant. Though she and her baby are healthy and safe for now, she has been given just two years to live, and is focused on spending that time with her husband and daughter.
29-year-old Laura Mahon was looking forward to meeting her daughter, when, at 20 weeks, she realized she couldn’t move her right leg or toes. It became difficult to walk. After an MRI scan, she found out about the brain tumor, and by 27 weeks, her condition had gotten worse. She and her partner decided to have a c-section at 30 weeks, with Sienna Grace Laura Mahon born safely at 3.4 pounds.
“It was such a shock; I’m only 29 and didn’t think something like this could happen to me,” Mahon told Yahoo! UK. “I was so focused on the baby, but I was getting more poorly. I’m fighting as hard as I can and I’m staying strong for my family.”
After that, Mahon had another MRI, where she discovered the tumor had doubled in size. Not only that, but it was located on her motor cortex, making it inoperable. By December 22, she found out it was stage four cancer, and had only two years to live.
At the beginning of the year, she decided to start making the most with the time she had left. She and her partner, Danny, got married, and they had Sienna christened. Mahon also began treatment, which consisted of radiation and chemotherapy, and by April, they received fantastic news: the tumor had shrunk. Mahon is focused now on doing all she can with the time she has left, and trying to stay positive and hold on to hope.
“Laura Mahon was told she is dying just five months into her first pregnancy – she is just 29 years-old.
The mum-to-be was told the devastating news she had an incurable brain tumour 20 weeks into her pregnancy.
Laura first realised something was wrong when she woke up and couldn’t move her toes: “I didn’t think too much about it, after all I was pregnant and was feeling tired.”
“But things got worse the next day and I could no longer move my right leg and was struggling to walk. Over the following week, I was unable to feel much of my right leg.”
Laura said: “I was told the devastating news that I had a brain tumour. They told me it had more than likely been there for years and years and had now started growing.
“It was such a shock, I’m only 29 and didn’t think something like this could happen to me. I was so focused on the baby, but I was getting more poorly.”
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet, historically, just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.
“Right now, we’re trying to get out and do nice things to make memories together, but I need to take each day as it comes. It’s hard at times and I just break down and cry.
“I see others with Glioblastoma who manage to live longer, so I am clinging to the idea that I might be one of those people. I’m fighting as hard as I can and I’m staying strong for my family.” “
“Danny and I had prepared ourselves for the worst – we knew deep down what it was going to be but being told at 29 years old that you have inoperable stage four brain cancer and that I had just two years to live is something you can never prepare yourself for,” she said.
“Hearing that said out loud was a moment we’ll never forget – they were only able to remove around 20% of it. I was devastated because I’d got my hopes up. It was yet another setback, bad news on top of bad news. It felt so surreal, like I was living two separate lives – things all looked fine, like we were a happy family, then I would remember how poorly I am. But it’s so special having Sienna with us, it’s like what we had originally envisaged,” Mahon said. “Right now, we’re trying to get out and do nice things to make memories together, but I need to take each day as it comes – it’s hard at times and I just break down and cry, but Sienna’s lung has repaired itself and she is completely fine now.”