A new mother’s joy has turned into a ‘nightmare’ just 10 days after giving birth, with doctor’s revealing she has bone marrow cancer.
Then on May, 19, following a marathon 25-hours in labour, she finally gave birth to her miracle baby Billie Mae.
But during the ‘scary’ ordeal which ended in an emergency caesarean section and the loss of 1.7 litres of blood, midwives discovered a polyp in her cervix.
Tests results just 10 days later revealed the growth was cervical cancer.
The devastating diagnosis would only get worse with a series of MRI tests and PET scans, showing the disease had also spread to her bone barrow.
Taylor Johnston, 29, is pictured after giving birth in May, 2023
When her newborn was just 10 days old Ms Johnston (pictured) received the first of two cancer diagnoses. She is now onto her second round of chemotherapy
‘Not just any cancer, this is potentially terminal,’ Mr Johnston’s sister Lani Dorning wrote in a GoFundMe page she created for the struggling young Victorian family.
‘Their world stood still. Broken, heartbroken, shattered, numb. The air is sucked from your lungs. You can’t breathe.’
Mr Johnston has been unable to return to work as a carpenter as he takes care of his newborn and his wife undergoes debilitating treatment.
‘She is unable to have her baby by her side overnight whilst she goes through chemotherapy,’ Ms Dorning said.
‘Any mother’s worst nightmare. Just to hold her during the night. To smell her.. To feel her. The unknown.’
Under normal circumstances, doctors would rush to try and determine where the cancer originated in the body.
Billie Mae Johnston was born on May 19 after her mum endured a brutal 25 hour labour
A GoFundMe campaign is raising money for the struggling young Victorian family with husband Jesse unable to work. Pictured, Jesse Johnston with his daughter Billie Mae
Although a cancerous growth was first located in her cervix, it is yet to be confirmed if that’s where it began.
Due to the severity of her case, lengthy testing to find out has been abandoned for immediate chemotherapy.
‘The doctors have decided that they’re basically going to stop looking for the primary cancer … They needed to start treatment,’ Mr Johnston told Yahoo News.
‘Bone marrow cancer can be pretty bad and it can be terminal, they basically said they don’t have that luxury of time to keep wasting days of testing.’
Fourteen months after being married in March 2022 Taylor and Jesse Johnston’s world was turned upside down