Mum, 39, with cancer speaks out about her fight to find a cure for the sake of her two young children – Wales Online

A courageous young mum who has been diagnosed with cancer has opened up over her fight to find a cure and treatment, for the sake of her children.

Hannah Ayling was first diagnosed with cancer in February 2018, but it was caught early, and after a hysterectomy, she was given the all clear.

But in November last year, the 39-year-old, of Glais, Swansea, became really unwell, and began vomiting and experienced jaundice.

Then just after Christmas, she was given the heartbreaking news that cancer had returned, within her lymph nodes.

Miss Ayling, who is engaged to her partner Dean Jones - the father of her two young children, Millie, aged six, and Seth, aged three - spoke of the moment she received the news.

"It was terrifying, I have two little children," she explained.

"My youngest son is autistic and non-verbal, which is quite a lot of worry for me as it is. It's been awful.

"We are trying to look into alternative therapy, and I'm looking to be referred onto the Royal Marsden (specialist cancer treatment hospital in London) to see whether there are any trials and treatment which are not available in Wales.

"I'm also exploring diet and nutrition, supplements."

Miss Ayling explained how her condition is leaving her feeling on a day-to-day basis.

"I have chemotherapy on a Thursday and that leaves me feeling exhausted for a few days after," she said.

"I have been told the chemotherapy I'm having is not working. A trial in Bristol had been mentioned but because of Covid that's been cancelled. It's now a case of waiting for referrals and things.

"I have not really asked questions because I don't want to know. I think I'm one of those people where if I knew I would just fall to pieces. I would rather bury my head in the sand.

"I feel well in myself, but the chemo has not done anything to maintain or slow it down.

"I have two more courses of chemotherapy and it's about lining something up for after that ends."

The mum-of-two said she was focused to explore all options available to her for the sake of her young children.

"I have got two young children, Millie, aged six and Seth, aged three, I'm trying to focus on them and try to stay focused," she said.

"The prognosis is not good but I can't just give up, I have got two little children who need me and I need to explore every avenue I can.

"My mum lives next door, I have a close-knit family and they give a lot of support to me. All we are trying to do is just try and look for anything possible we can try, and I would welcome any suggestions anyone has."

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As well as her family, Miss Ayling has the support of her close friends Kelly Gwyther, Kelly Jones, Lyndsey Jermin, Sarah Rees, Jessica Reed and Jamie Squibb, who are raising money in her fight against cancer.

So far, between GoFundMe and Facebook fundraisers, they have raised a total of 3,500, whilst items have also been donated by the likes of Swansea City Football Club towards a planned online auction to raise even more.

"I was really surprised," Miss Ayling said, addressing the amount of money which had been raised so far.

"I was not sure whether to agree to it or not, I didn't know how it sat with me. People have been really supportive and generous.

"I've also had lovely messages as well from people telling me things like 'Keep on fighting' and 'Keep on going'. That's all I can do.

"I'd like to say a big thank you to everybody who has donated or suggested things for me to try, or books to read. I've been blown away by it."

If you would like to donate towards the fundraising campaign, you can do so by clicking here.

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