A mum-of-three has spoken of the horrifying moment she was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer while pregnant.
Kirsty Hart, 41, was pregnant with her third son Dylan when she received the shock diagnosis.
It has since spread to her lungs and is incurable.
Ms Hart, who lives with her partner John Humphreys, said she had been feeding her 18-month-old son Uriah-Jack when she noticed a lump.
She visited the doctor in March of last year in the first coronavirus lockdown, but it was believed to be nothing more than a blocked milk duct at the time.
As the months passed, however, she says the lump grew larger and began to turn red.
At the end of August, she was sent for more tests and was soon told she had breast cancer.
“It is not curable,” she said. “I had a couple of weeks of crying. I had been quite strong until then. I just wanted to make memories with my children.
“Christmas was very hard because my hair came out on Christmas Day, and my eldest Connor, who is 18, had to shave it off.”
Before Christmas Ms Hart, from Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, explained she had to have a mastectomy on October 16, with chemotherapy not an option because she was pregnant.
On January 26 this year, she was again given even more heart-breaking news at the same time she welcomed little Dylan into the world.
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The cancer had spread to her lungs and was diagnosed at stage four.
“You are living and breathing cancer,” Ms Hart, who worked as a teaching assistant before becoming a carer for her dad, said.
“When I go to bed I am thinking about it. You cannot escape it. It was such a shock.
“Every day is hard. Every three weeks I have chemotherapy. It is horrendous.
“I have something called hand-foot syndrome and my skin is peeling off my hands and feet. I was told 25 out of 39 lymph nodes had cancer.”
Her Partner John, 42, who she has lived with for the past five years, said the news had been “devastating”.
He added: “At first we knew that she could live an active life and treatment had a good success rate, but to then be told it had spread to her lungs.
“You do not know what you can plan for or how far ahead you can plan.
“The chemotherapy has hammered her. The fundraiser is so we can make some memories for Kirsty so she can go and do things with the kids.
“She wants to get a big professional family portrait done because she stresses she will not see them go to school.
“It is one of the nastiest diseases going. It does not discriminate.”
A fundraiser has since been set up by Ms Hart’s family to help raise money so they can all “make memories”.
Ms Hart’s sister, Lindsay, started the campaign and will be running 4 miles, every 4 hours, for 48 hours, clocking up almost 50 miles in total.
The challenge will start at 4am on Saturday, May 1 and some of the money raised will be donated to Cancer Research UK.