Bowel cancer diagnosis for young mother, 29, who thought she had heartburn


A young mother-of-two who thought she had heartburn was devastated to be diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer and a fundraiser has been launched in a desperate bid to save her life after NHS medics said they had done all they could for her. 

After Ms Walton was diagnosed in September 2020. she had chemotherapy and 60 per cent of her liver was removed but sadly the cancer came back.

She now has tumours in her liver again and just before Halloween 2021, she was given the news that the cancer had spread to her lungs and was terminal and doctors could do nothing else. 

The 29-year-old has two children, Harry, seven, and Mia, five.   

Ms Walton has been told that a form of radiotherapy cant SIRT (Selective Internal Radiation Therapy) could enable her to watch her children grow up.

But the therapy is not available on the NHS and will cost £35,000 to have privately.  

Her treatment needs to be carried out in December for it to stand a chance of being succesful.

Amie Walton with children Harry, seven, and Mia, five, (pictured) has stage 4 bowel cancer which has spread to her liver and lungs and doctors have told her there is nothing more they can do

Amie Walton with children Harry, seven, and Mia, five, (pictured) has stage 4 bowel cancer which has spread to her liver and lungs and doctors have told her there is nothing more they can do

So fiance Chris Mills, her family and best friend Jess Davies have vowed to get the money to save Amie’s life as fast as they can. 

Ms Davies, 30, from Sutton Coldfield, said: ‘When you’re growing up, you expect your parents are going to go so you prepare yourself for that but you never think you are going to lose your best friend, that children are going to lose their mum. 

Ms Walton’s illness led her son to ask if his mother a heartbreaking question while Ms Davies was doing his sister’s makeup for Halloween.

Ms Walton (pictured) was diagnosed in September 2020. She had chemotherapy and 60 per cent of her liver was removed but sadly the cancer came back

Ms Walton (pictured) was diagnosed in September 2020. She had chemotherapy and 60 per cent of her liver was removed but sadly the cancer came back

Godmother to her two children and best friend Ms Davies said: ‘Her children Harry and Mia are little dreams, they are amazing,’ 

‘We were supposed to be getting together for Halloween but Amie had just been told she was being put on palliative care and didn’t feel like it so I said I’d take the kids trick or treating.

‘I was doing Mia’s make-up and I saw Harry go up to Amie and say: ‘Are you going to die?’ with a quiver in his voice. 

And Amie said: ‘I am, but I’m going to keep fighting, OK?’

‘Harry broke his little heart and Amie sat there cuddling him. I looked at Mia and she had one tear which had dropped down her make-up.

I said to her: ‘she’s going to be alright’ and winked, and she grinned at me.

‘Amie’s fiance Chris sat there with his head in his hands. This is why we have to do everything we can to help them. 

‘They want to do this operation in December so we basically have four weeks to save her life.’ 

Best friend Jess Davies (pictured right) has helped launch a fundraiser to raise £35,000 in four weeks for SIRT therapy which could prolong Ms Walton's (pictured left) life

Best friend Jess Davies (pictured right) has helped launch a fundraiser to raise £35,000 in four weeks for SIRT therapy which could prolong Ms Walton’s (pictured left) life

SIRT is a type of internal radiotherapy used to treat secondary and sometimes primary liver tumours that cannot be removed with surgery.

While not a cure, it could prolong her life and enable her to have further treatment.

Amie, who is due to turn 30 in January and is looking forward to marrying engineer Chris, said: ‘Words can’t describe how grateful I am for all the people who have donated. If it wasn’t for them, it wouldn’t be possible for me to get the treatment I need.

‘I am pleading with people to continue sharing and donating. I’m not ready to go anywhere just yet, I want to stay with my babies.’

A charity event is being held on Saturday December 4 at Walsall Rugby Club as part of the fundraising efforts called Amie’s Big Fun Fundraiser.

It is organised by Ms Davies, Ms Walton’s siblings and her friends, who are known as AmiesArmy.

The fundraising event coming up is to raise thousands of pounds for Ms Walton's (right) treatment before December, as that is when it is expected to be most successful. Ms Walton wants to keep going and see her children (centre and left) grow up

The fundraising event coming up is to raise thousands of pounds for Ms Walton’s (right) treatment before December, as that is when it is expected to be most successful. Ms Walton wants to keep going and see her children (centre and left) grow up

The event will have DJs, face painting, a bouncy castle, raffle, date auction and more and will run from noon to late to try and raise thousands of pounds for Amie’s treatment.  

Ms Walton, who used to work in a cafe, thought she had severe heartburn at first. 

She thought her symptoms were the same as what her mother and grandmother had suffered for years. 

Her best friend said: ‘She tried tablets but they only worked for a couple of hours then it came back.

Eventually I persuaded her to go to the doctors and she was sent for a scan.’

Doctors first thought Ms Walton had a blood clot but she was then called in urgently and given the news she had cancer.   

Ms Davies said: ‘I’ll never forget that day.

 ‘Amie sent me a text which read: ‘It’s bad news. I’ve got cancer. I can’t talk. There’s nothing they can do. Talk later.’=

‘I dropped my phone and fell onto the floor. I felt angry she couldn’t call me. So I got up and went round. She was sitting there and, when I walked in, she just collapsed with her head on my shoulder.

‘It was at that moment that I said I will keep going until it’s the last thing I do.’

Ms Walton (second left) with her children Mia, 5, (left) and Harry, 7, (centre) and best friend Ms Davies (right)

Ms Walton (second left) with her children Mia, 5, (left) and Harry, 7, (centre) and best friend Ms Davies (right)

Chris proposed to Amie on Christmas Day and the couple are looking forward to being married.

Ms Davies said: ‘We are refusing to give up on Amie and willing to try everything to give her a second chance.

‘I don’t understand why SIRT is no longer available, it offers a good survival rate. The consultant has said he thinks the selective internal radiation therapy will work. 

‘Once Amie has had this treatment, it will help her to have a big operation that will hopefully cure her.

‘She is my best friend and the best mum. She is the type of person who would do anything for anyone and would never want anything in return.

‘Amie is funny and has a great sense of humour. 

‘I am determined to raise the money for her to continue living – her children and Chris need her more than anything.

She is in survival mode and nothing is getting in her way. It is extremely tough for her but she is positive and the support is keeping her going. You can see the fight in her eyes and we are strong believers that miracles do happen.’

A JustGiving page has been set up and has already raised more than £17,000. You can make a donation here.

What are the common symptoms of bowel cancer? 

More than 90% of people with bowel cancer have 1 of the following combinations of symptoms:

A persistent change in bowel habit – pooing more often, with looser, runnier poos and sometimes tummy (abdominal) pain.

Blood in the stools without other symptoms of piles (haemorrhoids) – this makes it unlikely the cause is haemorrhoids.

Abdominal pain, discomfort or bloating always brought on by eating – sometimes resulting in a reduction in the amount of food eaten and weight loss.

Constipation, where you pass harder stools less often, is rarely caused by serious bowel conditions.

Most people with these symptoms do not have bowel cancer.

When to get medical advice

See a GP if you have any of the symptoms of bowel cancer for 3 weeks or more.

Source: NHS 

 



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