In 2021, at 20 weeks pregnant, Laura from St Helens was diagnosed with a terminal glioblastoma brain tumour and given the devastating news that she only had a year to live.
"My husband, Danny, and I were so excited about the prospect of having our first child together. One morning in September 2021, when I was 20 weeks pregnant, I woke up and realised that my toes on my right foot weren’t moving. I didn’t think too much about it, after all I was pregnant and was feeling tired. But things got worse the next day and I could no longer move my right leg and was struggling to walk.
I was now 24 weeks pregnant, so I went to see my GP, who thought the baby was lying on a nerve and causing the problems. It came back clear, but I was sent for another MRI scan on my brain to make sure everything was OK. Following this, I was pulled into a room with my mum and was told the devastating news that I had a brain tumour.
Because I was pregnant, the treatment options were limited. Thankfully, on 30 November 2021, our beautiful daughter Sienna Grace Laura Mahon was born.
On 22 December 2021, I received the results of my biopsy. We knew deep down what it was going to be but being told at 29 years old that you have inoperable stage 4 brain cancer – a glioblastoma (GBM) brain tumour – and that I had just two years to live is something you can never prepare yourself for. Hearing that said out loud was a moment we’ll never forget.
As you can imagine, Christmas was cancelled. We usually love that time of year, but we didn’t even put a tree up.
Because of my prognosis, there were certain things that I wanted to make sure I did before it was too late. Danny and I had got engaged in April 2021, so we decided to get married.
It felt so surreal, like I was living two separate lives. Things all looked fine, like we were a happy family, then I remember how poorly I am. But it’s so special having Sienna with us, it’s like what we had originally envisaged. We have just celebrated Sienna's 2nd Birthday and can spend Christmas together this year.
We are currently on our last line of treatment that's available on the NHS and our latest Scan in August 2023 has shown that the brain tumour is currently stable and has even shrunk a little"
This Christmas, Laura can look forward to the festive season with her husband Daniel and daughter Sienna, thanks to the care she is receiving at Clatterbridge.
We welcomed the family to the centre this week to mark our Fairy Appeal and to see the Fairy that Daniel has dedicated to Laura & Sienna.
Your donation this Christmas will support families just like theirs to have the gift of more time with their loved ones.Dedicate a Fairy to someone special
Throughout December, hundreds of fairies – designed by Emma Rodgers - will once again be displayed at Clatterbridge centres at Liverpool, Wirral and Aintree, each one representing someone special. By dedicating a fairy and adding a message for someone special with your donation, you will make a vital difference to the lives of cancer patients and their families in our community.
With a donation of just £20, you can bring joy by dedicating a fairy on our Christmas Trees across our centres.
For a donation of £40, you can dedicate a fairy, but you'll also receive a fairy pin badge as a token of our gratitude.
For a truly generous donation of £100, you can dedicate a fairy, receive a special fairy pin badge, and treasure a limited edition fairy decoration that will forever remind you of the magic you've created.