Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

JOa[euro][TM]S FINAL WISH Devoted Mother Prepares to Say Goodbye; Mum, 32, Has Just Weeks to Live but Her Three Boys Are All She Is Thinking Of

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

JOa[euro][TM]S FINAL WISH Devoted Mother Prepares to Say Goodbye; Mum, 32, Has Just Weeks to Live but Her Three Boys Are All She Is Thinking Of

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Byline: Kiri ten Dolle kiri.tendolle@qt.com.au

A YOUNG Ipswich mum is facing up to the terrible task of saying goodbye to her three young sons and husband after she was given just weeks to live.

Jo Goldstein, 32, was first diagnosed with small cell carcinoma, an aggressive cancer common among the elderly and acute smokers, in September 2011 a just weeks after giving birth to her son Archie, 18 months.

But last month her familyas world was turned upside down when Jo was told she would have only eight more weeks left to live.

aI feel so normal but eventually my body will just start shutting down,a she told The QT.

aEveryoneas trying to get out of me what I want to do, but at 30 you donat have a bucket list.a

Husband Dean, who works for the RAAF at Amberley, said by the time Jo was diagnosed the cancer had already spread to other organs and metastasised.

aAfter Archie was born, the swelling in her stomach hadnat reduced and a scan found a tumour on her colon. Her liver was three times its normal size, which doctors confused with the babyas head while she was pregnant,a Dean said.

aItas very rare not to originate in the lungs and in someone as young as Joas age.

aWhen they found the cancer it was at stage four a the most and advanced stage and generally the survival diagnosis is only six months.

aShe has had 15 months of treatment but now the chemo is not working anymore and they have basically given her eight to 12 weeks.

aHer liver will start to shut down and eventually she will slip into to a coma and die.a

It has been a life-shattering discovery for the Goldsteins who are praying for a miracle.

aWeare focusing on the kids a weave got to keep it as normal as possible,a Jo said.

aThey know Iam going into the hospital to have medicine because my belly is sore. They medicine is making my hair fall out but thatas it. …

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