FARRAH Millar can relate to the saying life was not meant to be easy.
After four years of trying to conceive and three cycles of IVF, the Port Kennedy mother was delighted to fall pregnant naturally with daughter Leahn (now 18 months old).
“My father had heart surgery and came to live with us soon after,” Mrs Millar said.
“I had a sick dad, a five-month-old and I found out I was pregnant again.”
A day after her son Rhylan was born Mrs Millar was told she had breast cancer.
Mrs Millar had seven rounds of chemotherapy and has one more to go.
She will need breast surgery and endocrine therapy.
The endocrine therapy involves menopause and makes it unlikely Mrs Millar will have any more children.
While fighting cancer, Mrs Millar’s husband Brad has had a lot of time off work due to a long-term back injury, which he will undergo surgery for next Tuesday .
“The past few years have been a roller coaster of emotions,” Mrs Millar said.
Mrs Millar’s warning to others is to have any breast abnormalities checked as soon as possible.
“I felt a lump while I was breastfeeding my first baby and thought it was mastitis,” she said.
“I didn’t get it checked out for about a year.
“Because I waited it was so much worse, by then I had stage three cancer.”
Mrs Millar said she coped through the help of an “amazing network” of family and friends.
Friend Ellen Batty said Mrs Millar’s bravery was an inspiration.
“She has made it her mission to remind other women to be vigilant and check their breasts regularly.”
Ms Batty has set up a GoFundMe page to help the family with financial pressures.
Mrs Millar has also set up a Facebook page to raise breast cancer awareness; The FarrahsArmy group has 467 members from throughout Australia.
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