Heidi Loughlin, a 35 year old mother diagnosed with terminal cancer has been given a Christmas miracle after being told she is now free of the deadly disease after taking a revolutionary cancer drug. Heidi said that the world is her oyster after Kadcyla – considered the biggest breakthrough for sufferers in the last decade – helped her defy her fast approaching death sentence.
Doctors warned she had just four years left to live last September, when her rare and aggressive inflammatory breast cancer worsened. But this week, in an incredible turn of events, Ms Heidi’s latest scan has shown her body to be currently free of the disease – believed to be because of Kadcyla. The drug was approved by the NHS earlier this year for thousands of women who suffer from a rare, aggressive breast cancer.
Heidi also had to undergo chemotherapy to rid her of her disease, has said she is very grateful for the precious time she has been given back to spend with her sons Noah, 4, and Tait, 3, and her partner Keith. She said, “Knowing what it feels like to say goodbye, the thought of having to go through that again is absolutely unbearable. I can dare to dream that I’ll be here for a really long time. I’m only 35, I feel great. The world’s my oyster now.”
On her blog, called Storm in a Tit Cup, she wrote, “Kadcyla is the drug that is keeping me alive. It is currently stopping my cancer from spreading any further within my body. It gives me a relatively conventional life. It buys the average patient an extra 9 months of life. She was three months’ pregnant when she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive inflammatory breast cancer in 2015.
She refused chemotherapy and ignored doctor’s recommendations at the time to have an abortion, in order to give her baby a fighting chance. Baby Ally Louise Smith was born 12 weeks early via c-section but unfortunately, she passed away just eight days later after developing an infection.
Heidi first noticed something was wrong when she was breastfeeding her youngest son Tait in February 2015, and noticed a rash. But doctors said she had mastitis – a common condition for new mothers where breast tissue becomes painful and inflamed. She thought nothing more of it, and was overjoyed to learn she was pregnant with her third child months later. However, in September she was left devastated when tests revealed she had inflammatory breast cancer, a rare form of the disease with a typical prognosis of two to five years.
Heidi began documenting her cancer journey on her blog while compiling a bucket list of things to do before she died. These included a Christmas trip to Disneyland Paris, road trips across Australia and the USA, getting married, and living to see her sons start primary school, secondary school and university. And now that she is cancer-free, she still plans to throw herself into life as much as possible, as doctors suspect her cancer may eventually become active again.
She said, “Next year that’s going to be my main aim, I’m going to start thinking about what I’m going to do with the rest of my life. A lot of people are terrified to do that, because they think it will come back to get them. But actually it doesn’t change – whether I spend the entire time terrified and wasting time on feeling terrible about what might happen to me, or I spend the entire time embracing the time that I’ve got.”
Heidi has won a huge number of fans online for her direct and brutally honest blog, called http://storminatitcup.blogspot.co.uk/ about the disease. She has also been ticking items off her bucket list – including marrying her fiancé in February and taking a road trip across America in May.