Amy Walton with her children, Harry and Mia
Amie Walton, from Birmingham, had been suffering from heartburn and shooting pains in her shoulders for months when she visited her GP in September 2020. After being rushed to hospital with a suspected blood clot, the 30-year-old was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. cancer after doctors found a pea-sized tumor on the right side of her colon that had spread to her liver.
The mother of two is candid about how she will not see her children grow up, The Mirror reports.
She is now raising money to pay for £2,000 a month of treatment in a desperate attempt to give her as much time as possible with her children, Harry, eight, and Mia, six.
More than £30,000 has been raised so far for Amie’s treatment
Amie said, “When I was diagnosed with stage 4, I went completely blank.
“I was so distraught. It all happened so quickly.
“I was terrified, I thought I was going to die. I’m so young and I was fit and healthy, so it was a huge shock.
“But the chemo was amazing. We were told I had a slim chance of success, but it worked.
“My liver went from that of an alcoholic to completely normal.”
Amie’s GP thought the pain in her shoulders was a blood clot
Within a week of her diagnosis, Amie was undergoing chemotherapy, which left her sensitive to cold and unable to touch her children’s hands.
Tragically, despite this grueling treatment, she was told in April of last year that it had been successful.
She had six tumors on the left side of her liver and 15 on the right.
Amie was also told she was eligible to have 60% of her liver removed.
But after the procedure, two more tumors were found and the young mother had to undergo three more rounds of chemotherapy in June 2021.
In November, she was told that the treatment hadn’t worked and that she would have to undergo £35,000 of selective internal radiotherapy treatment (SIRT), in which tiny radioactive spheres are injected into the artery feeding the cancer.
Amie’s friends set up the fundraiser
The treatment is not available on the NHS.
Amie said: “The ward where I am treated in the hospital is next to where the babies are and I always tell me to be there, not in the cancer ward.
“This is just surreal. I can’t believe it sometimes, I’m so young.
“Especially the days when I don’t feel so bad. I just don’t really understand how I have cancer.
“Even nurses have cried when they see me and they see the most horrible things every day.
“I’m a young mom with young kids. I shouldn’t be going in and out of the hospital wondering how much longer I have left.”
To raise money, Amie’s friend Jess Davies launched a fund that has raised more than £14,000.
In March of this year, a test showed that Amie had more than 50 tumors in each lung.
She added: “I just wanted to curl up in a ball. It feels like I’m living in a nightmare and I want to wake up.”
“All I care about is my kids and my fiancé. I still want my children to see me as their mother, who was always there for them.
“The hardest days are when I miss important things for them, because I’m sick or in treatment.
“My daughter had her first play and I couldn’t be there, which was a shame.
“These are the times when you as a parent need to be there because it’s so important for your kids.
“This palliative chemotherapy would mean I could be there for them longer.”
Her fiancé Chris added that he feels numb and options are “running out.”
He said: “Our oncologist started talking to us about wills, something I didn’t think we would ever talk about.
“But I am so proud of Amie. She has been incredible after going through a terrible time and is doing everything she can for our children.”
You can donate to Amie’s treatment at GoFundMe.