Mum-of-3 told she has terminal cancer day after birthday - and following battle against disease while pregnant
The heartbreaking diagnosis came after she had already battled breast cancer when she was pregnant last year
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A mum-of-three was told she had terminal cancer the day after her 31st birthday and following a battle with breast cancer when she was pregnant last year.
Lizzi England defeated breast cancer when pregnant with her third child, Violet, in January last year.
After undergoing intense chemotherapy and a mastectomy ahead of Violet’s arrival, she managed to deliver her healthy daughter in between chemotherapy cycles and doctors gave the young mum the all-clear.
The 31-year-old had chemo on the Wednesday, gave birth on the Sunday, and headed back to continue her treatment the following Wednesday - and then thought she was cancer-free.
However, England has now tragically been told her cancer is back and it is terminal.
Concerns after finding lump around her ribs
She raised her concerns with doctors after experiencing discomfort in her back and finding a lump around her ribs.
Now her heartbroken friend, Roni Bladon, 39, is raising money for the family of five in Northamptonshire.
Bladon told the Liverpool Echo how England had a scan after experiencing "discomfort in her back" and "found a lump on her ribs" in January this year.
Doctors then tragically told England they had compared the results to a previous scan in February 2020 and that "'there was a shadow and it has grown' - but no one told her about the shadow in the first scan."
"They did further tests and it's terminal cancer. It's in her hip and her spine, it's incurable and she's now waiting to find out what her life expectancy is," Bladon said.
Lizzi’s Instagram campaign
England has been using her 25,000 Instagram following she has acquired since her original diagnosis two years ago to inspire others to be aware of warning signs.
She set up a campaign called "Feel it on the first" in a bid to remind men and women to check their breasts monthly for lumps.
It was inspired by breast cancer charity CoppaFeel! who she previously thanked for encouraging her to check her boobs from her early 20's.
She raised £3,150 for the charity last year by running 5k each day. England praised the charity for helping her catch her cancer early.
Bladon explained: "When this all happened, instead of being negative, she wanted to do something positive with her breast cancer.
"She worked closely with breast cancer charities and started the campaign called feel it on the first to remind girls and boys to feel their breasts on the first of every month and notice any changes.
"It's so you don't go months without checking and suddenly finding something. She does this big drive on her Instagram and Facebook pages but she does it in a light-hearted way.
"It's serious, the stories and messages she's telling you are serious but she manages to do it in a humorous way. She makes it un-scary even though it is a really scary thing."
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