Mother of three Jessica Bourne was overjoyed when she learned her 16-year-old was cancer-free after battling leukemia for three years. But her happiness would be short-lived.
Just months after receiving the good news, the 39-year-old’s stomach started to swell up. It was so round that her young twin girls thought she was pregnant, according to the Daily Mail.
When she went on vacation in September 2016, her health started to quickly deteriorate. Bourne said:
“We were in Devon again when my stomach was getting larger by the day. I Googled my symptoms, despite knowing you shouldn’t, and a page about ovarian cancer came up.”
Sure enough, a doctor confirmed her worst fears.
The swelling in her belly was caused by a buildup of fluid with cancer cells, according to The Sun. She had stage 4 ovarian cancer — and it was incurable.Jessica Bourne/Facebook
The mother of three then had to deliver the news to her son, who had just finished his own battle. She told the Daily Mail:
“Telling Jaye I now had cancer, after he’d fought so hard to get well, was one of the worst things I’ve had to do.”
The shocked teen didn’t believe his mom at first, according to The Sun. But now he’s by her side every step of the way.
Bourne wrote on Facebook that she is now sharing her story in hopes that other women learn to identify possible cancer symptoms that may be lesser-known, like her swollen belly. She wrote:
I want every woman I know and every woman they know and so on to look out for the symptoms… I’m always mindful that sharing symptoms can be quite scary, but I just think that when it comes to cancer, of any type, knowledge is everything.
Though her future is unclear, she’s doing everything she can to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.