An Australian mum has died at the age of 39 after a grueling battle with stage four metastatic breast cancer.
Karyn Love, from Brisbane, was rushed to hospital and gave birth to her daughter Billi via an emergency caesarean at 29 weeks in May 2021.
At the time she was 37 and was excruciating experienced back pain she thought was linked to her pregnancy. Within an hour of giving birth she was told the devastating prognosis.
Unfortunately the same day the cancer was detected doctors found it had already spread to her bones, liver and eyes and she was given three weeks to survive.
But she went on to defy the odds and lived 19 months before passing away from the cancer this week.
The young mum’s unfortunate death was announced on her Instagram page yesterday with the caption reading: ‘Karyn Louise Love. 1983 – 2022. Smile for me, I am free. Thank you for all your love and kindness throughout my journey, I will remember you’.
Another post was then shared to reveal details of the life celebration ceremony, which will be held on Sunday December 18 at 10:30am. Mourners are to wear white to the event in Brookfield, Queensland.
The sad news comes as Karyn announced on social media she was ‘gravely unwell’ more than a year ago and was at risk of losing her child during the pregnancy.
She started hormone blockers, daily chemotherapy, a long list of complementary medicines, holistic treatments, meditation and an organic, alkaline diet.
Last year natural medicine practitioner Camilla Chaplin started a GoFundMe page to support Karyn and so far more than $202,000 has been raised.
The GoFundMe page reads Karyn ‘defied the odds’ stacked against her and her premature newborn remained in hospital for two months.
‘She sat for endless hours in NICU giving Billi healing skin-on-skin time. She couldn’t wait to bring her home and mother her the way she had always dreamed,’ the page read.
‘When Karyn went for her follow-up with the oncologist her doctor was impressed by her results. Many of her tumours had shrunk. Her liver was returning to its normal size and appearance.’
Finally when the young mum-of-one was able to take her baby home she was ‘over the moon’.
The funds raised intended to cover medical costs and cover the expenses of a night nanny for the first few weeks.
In May this year Karyn was able to celebrate Billi’s first birthday and shared photos on Instagram.
‘What an honour it is to celebrate my daughter’s birthday and a year of life,’ she wrote.
‘Love has been my secret weapon of choice. The love I have for my daughter. The love I have for my own life. The love the greater community has poured into our life. The love I have for my cancer.
‘I have always been a believer that you need to feel to heal and I have definitely felt pain and sadness and I have also felt joy and pure presence. And that is something we all desire. To be present and live a life of gratitude. Life is a gift and I receive this gift with open arms.’
On December 2 Karyn shared an emotional video of being reunited with her daughter after returning to Australia from Germany.
The clip is pure and saddening, with Karyn embracing Billi with welcome arms and a huge hug.
Unfortunately it was the last video she shared of them together before passing away on December 12.