They say there are few greater joys as a mother than holding your baby for the first time, but at a time when Lily Kelcey was desperate to invest all of her emotion and energy into her 6-week-old son, she was hit with some painful news - at 27, she was told she had breast cancer.
In an effort to prevent the diagnosis from shattering their new family life, Lily put all her efforts into staying positive and tackling one stage of treatment at a time.
“Staying in a positive mindset was the only option for me to get through my cancer journey. I didn’t want any of my emotions affecting my son Sebastian, so every day I woke up with a smile on my face and put every ounce of energy I had into making each day happy for him.
“The days passed and before I knew it I was ticking off treatments while getting closer to being cancer free. Seb was growing into such a beautiful little boy who seemed completely oblivious to the fact that I had no hair or eyebrows anymore, he knew my voice and my smile and that’s what kept me going, even on my darkest days.
“My husband was my rock through it all, encouraging me to keep drinking water to flush the chemo out faster, to go for our afternoon walks everyday so I could get some fresh air and clear my mind. Even on my chemo days when I’d be dragging my feet, and our standard 20 minute walk would turn into an hour, he’d walk right by my side the whole time.”
“Those walks on some days were my lifeline, even since completing all my treatment and surgery, I still go every day,” she said.
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