“Please don’t die mummy”
Mother of two tells young daughters she has cancer
By Practical Parenting team
September 23 2018
A mother of two who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer has spoken about the devastating moment she had to tell her children.
Melinda Ferszt, 35, has been told she may have only two years to live, according to a report from Yahoo 7.
The Queensland mum has suffered from hot flashes, fainting and blurry vision since she was 20, but has been able to manage the symptoms over the years.
However, after a particularly bad episode at work, she was persuaded to go for a blood test, which revealed abnormalities on her liver.
“The surgeon sat me down and said the golf-ball sized tumour had covered the entire liver and they were unable to operate,” she said.
“I asked if I was dying and how long I had and he told me I had two years.”
Since the diagnosis three weeks ago, she has had a stent put into her bowel and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
The worst part, she says, was having to tell her young daughters, Sophie, eight and Madeleine, four.
“It’s really hit home for Sophie. She’s really emotional and asking questions like: ‘You’re not going to leave me are you? Please don’t die mummy,’” Melinda said.
“I told her: ‘Mummy does have cancer but mummy is very strong and I’m not going to lose this battle,'” she said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Melinda and her family.
“They need their mum,” Melinda said about her daughters. “I want to watch all their milestones – their first boyfriends, 18th birthday parties and their wedding.”
“As if I’m going to go down without a fight.”