Having children can tire.
So when mother Amie Walton unexpectedly felt a shooting torment while playing with her little ones, she excused it as exhaustion.
Be that as it may, only 12 hours after the fact, she was given a stunning determination which she says will mean she will not get to see her youngsters grow up.
The 30-year-old had never encountered any medical problems yet had been experiencing acid reflux for a really long time.
In the wake of encountering the shooting torment in the two shoulders in September 2020, she addressed her GP, who thought she had a blood coagulation.
She was raced to the emergency clinic where surgeons uncovered she had a cancer the size of a pea on the right half of her colon, which had spread to her liver.
Tragically, Amie was informed she had stage 4 entrail malignant growth – a similar destructive sickness Sun essayist and campaigner, Dame Deborah James was determined to have in 2016.
The mother of-two is currently gathering pledges to pay for a more than $2k-a-month treatment to get her opportunity to see her two youngsters, Harry, eight, and Mia, six develop.
“When I was determined to have stage 4, I just went totally clear. I was so distressed. Everything occurred so rapidly.”
In something like seven days of determination, Amie was placed on forceful chemotherapy treatment that made her easily affected to cool, meaning she was unable to try and contact her kids’ hands on the off chance that they were not adequately warm.
In April 2021, she was told the chemo had been effective and that she was qualified to have 60% of her liver eliminated.
Amie, who had six tumors on the left side of her liver and 15 on the right, said: “I was terrified, I thought I was going to die. I’m so young and I was fit and healthy, so it was a massive shock.
“But the chemo was miraculous. We were told I had a small chance for it to be successful, but it worked. My liver went from being like that of an alcoholic to being completely normal.”
But after having the procedure, two more tumors were found and Amie had to have three more rounds of chemo in June 2021.
Then in November, she was told the treatment had not worked and that she would have to have selective internal radiotherapy treatment (SIRT), where tiny radioactive beads are injected into the artery which supplies cancer.
The treatment costs more than $35,000 and is not available on the NHS.
In order to help raise funds, Amie’s pal Jess Davies launched a fund that currently sits at over $14,000.
Amie said she had no idea what bowel cancer was until she followed Deborah James’ story on social media.
She said: “The unit where I receive treatment in the hospital is next to where the babies are and I always say that’s where I should be, not on the cancer ward.
“This has just been surreal. I can’t believe it at times, I’m so young.
“Especially the days I don’t feel so bad. I just don’t really understand how I have cancer.
“Even nurses have cried when they’ve seen me and they see the most horrible things every day.
“I’m a young mum with young children. I shouldn’t be in and out of hospital wondering how long I have left.”
When Amie was recovering from treatment in March this year, she was told she was unable to have a liver resection.
Further tests revealed she had more than 50 tumors in each lung.
“I just wanted to curl into a ball. It feels like I’m living in a nightmare and I want to wake up.”
She is trying to stay positive and wants to prolong her life so she can be a mum to her kids for longer.
Amie: “All I care about is my children and my fiancé. I still want my children to see me as their mum, who was always there for them.
“The toughest days are when I miss important things for them, because I’m ill or having treatment. My daughter had her first play and I wasn’t able to be there, which was really sad.
“These are the moments as a parent when you need to be there, as it’s so important to your children.
“This palliative chemotherapy would mean I could be there for them for longer.”
Her fiancé Chris added that he feels numb and that the options are ‘running out.
He added: “Our oncologist started talking to us about wills, which was just something I didn’t think we would ever be talking about.
“But I’m so proud of Amie. She’s been incredible, after going through the most horrendous time and does everything she can for our children.”