A Daughters Battle With Her Mother’s Cancer

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Cancer can end a life story half way through. Like an unfinished book, the ending is never completed.

Jasmin Poels was in grade 10 when her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given just six to twelve months to live.

Seven years before her diagnosis, Rosalie Edwards had a melanoma removed from her neck.

During a scan, she was found to have twisted bowels, which lead doctors to discover a secondary stage two cancer that had grown.

“For me at the time, it didn’t really process. I don’t even remember that she had six to twelve months to live, I don’t remember that being told to me,” said Ms Poels.

What started as a skin cancer had spread to Mrs Edwards organs and started to collapse her lungs.

Once a melanoma has spread to other parts of the body, there is only an 18% survival rate, but Ms Poels remained hopeful.

“I don’t think I fully accepted the diagnosis when it happened. My outlook on it was, ‘she’s gonna get better, she’s gonna get better’. If I pray hard enough, or if I help her out enough, she’s going to get better.

“She was taking trial drugs, and one of these was going to work. The juicing was going to work, or something was going to turn it around. That was probably my thought process up until she got put in hospice,” said Ms Poels.

Despite her terminal diagnosis, Mrs Edwards was at peace with her circumstances, and Ms Poels contributes that to her Christian faith.

“Anything that flowed out of her was just about her faith. Nothing really mattered. She had this sort of sense of peace about it all. It wasn’t stressful, it wasn’t as sad as it could have been because she was just at peace with it, even to the very end.”

Mrs Edwards lived a year passed the initial twelve months she was given.

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