A terminally ill mum who found out she had bowel cancer when she was 16 weeks pregnant says she is ‘humbled’ by the support she has received since telling her story.
Emma Grandison, from Longton, near Preston, told the Evening Post how she is hoping to “defy the odds” and overcome the disease.
The 31-year-old, who recently married Ian and gave birth to baby Erin 15 weeks early in November, says the LEP story has gone all over the world.
“It’s gone viral,” she said: “The article has been copied all around the world. I’ve had messages from Australia, Peru and well wishes and kind words.
“The biggest thing was on the Bowel Cancer UK forum, I use that to chat on and I have put the articles on it and other people in similar situations have said I have brought them strength.”
She added: “I don’t see it as being brave, I don’t see what the other option is. That’s the way I have always been.”
Throughout January, a group off Emma and Ian’s friends took part in a ‘dryathlon’ -giving up alcohol for a month - to raise £11,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Emma said: “It is unbelievable, when we hit £10,000 on Friday we were ecstatic.”
The group had aimed to raise between £1,000 and £1,500 so were delighted to exceed that target.
Baby Erin is still at the Royal Preston Hospital’s neonatal unit but is doing well and has moved to the last room before she will be allowed to go home.
Family friends are planning future events and Emma says any money raised will be split between the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and the neo-natal unit. She added: “It puts your faith in humanity, it is nice to be nice. I am happy I have influenced other people. If you can help somebody you should.”