Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Young Mum's Cancer Nightmare

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Young Mum's Cancer Nightmare

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Byline: Tara Cassidy Tara.Cassidy@dailymercury.com.au

AT 37 years of age, mother-of-two Lisa Field is about to battle breast cancer - for the second time.

She was first diagnosed in 2011, when she found a large lump high up on her breast, which doctors soon confirmed as cancerous.

She was young, wasn't married, hadn't had kids, and had a life ahead of her that had suddenly stopped in its tracks.

However, invasive surgery, months of chemotherapy and radiation, luckily worked for Mrs Field, who beat the aggressive illness with her family by her side - but now it's come to haunt her again.

Contrary to what many believe, she said finding out for the second time was far more "gut-wrenching" than the first.

"It's not easier, it's so much harder, because this time you know exactly what's ahead, you know the risks, you know the pain and the discomfort that's about to come," she said.

"I know I'm not going to be able to hold or play with my kids... I'm going to have to stop breastfeeding my four-month-old daughter.

"I will most likely never have kids again, even though I want more, because the chemotherapy kills that chance, and I'll be feeling sick and exhausted all the time. I'll lose all my hair and now both my breasts."

Mrs Field met, then married her husband Tyler in 2014.

Together they went on to have two beautiful daughters, Milla and Piper.

She had just managed to return to her former healthy self, preparing to start afresh with her new young family, with plans to move to Darwin for Tyler's work in coming months.

Prior to that move, she recently underwent her routine half-yearly check-up but was not prepared for the results that came back.

"I had always been told that it was only a matter of when, not if, for the cancer coming back," she said.

"But I thought maybe when I was in my fifties or sixties one day, not in my thirties again, only a few years after just beating it."

The former Ambrose Medical receptionist and stay-at-home mum, underwent surgery on Tuesday to have the tumour and her second breast removed. It was a bitter-sweet moment. …

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