Newly weds Katie and Tom Bennett had everything to look forward to.
Not only were they planning their dream honeymoon, they had also just found out they were pregnant with their first child.
But their dream life turned into a nightmare following their first baby scan when Katie was given the heartbreaking news she had bladder cancer.
The 29-year-old from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was delighted to find out she was pregnant in February last year.
But after she suffered some bleeding early on in her pregnancy she was sent for an early scan.
Nothing could have prepared her and husband, Tom, for what was to follow.
Katie, who owns her own cake business, said: “It was very surreal. We were told they could hear a heartbeat, so we knew everything was OK with the pregnancy, which was a massive relief and we were really excited.
“But then we were called into another room and a senior consultant said there was something amiss with my bladder and that it was probably cancer.
“My mind just went blank at the beginning, I was just in shock as it was so unexpected.
“But then practicality just kicked in and we knew we had to get on with things.”
The next step was a cystoscopy, which looks inside the bladder, and Katie and Tom’s fears were confirmed – she did have cancer.
The couple’s dreams of a sunshine honeymoon in Crete were over and their trip was cancelled.
When she was just 12 weeks pregnant, Katie had to undergo surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible.
To make it as safe as possible for her unborn baby, doctors used a special machine that meant she was awake throughout the hour-long operation.
Thankfully, doctors managed to remove a chunk of the tumour and the baby was unharmed.
Katie said: “When they told us the pregnany was fine, that was an amazing feeling.
“When they pulled the curtains around my bed, every nurse on the ward had stopped what they were doing to check everything was OK with the baby.”
Usually, treatment would have started straight away but because of Katie’s pregnancy that wasn’t an option.
So, two months before she was due, the mum-to-be had another cystoscopy, which heartbreakingly revealed there was still some tumour on her bladder.
Baby Oscar was induced a week early and was a healthy, bouncing boy.
But for Katie, the battle was far from over.
Just days after she and Tom returned home with their baby boy she had to go back into hospital for more surgery and to start her cancer treatment.
In January this year, new mum Katie began a six week course of chemotherapy, which was pumped directly into her bladder to reduce the side effects.
But she admits, that with a newborn at home, the gruelling treatment was tiring.
Katie said: “It was tiring and I just wanted to be with Oscar and at home but I was having to go to hospital once a week for treatment.”
In February, the mum-of-one had another check to see how her tumour was responding to the chemo and while it had reduced in size it hadn’t bee eradicated completely.
She has had further, more aggressive treatment and hopes it has wiped out the cancer.
Katie said: “Because I’m so young I wanted it gone completely so was happy to have the more aggressive treatment.
“I do feel that Oscar has saved my life. I would never have known I had this if it wasn’t for the pregnancy.
“And Oscar is doing absolutely brilliantly.”
Katie, who runs her own business, Pink Door Cakes, now wants to give something back and its supporting Macmillan’s Coffee Morning this month.
- Help Macmillan be there for people like Katie by joining Macmillan’s Coffee Morning this September. Macmillan is almost entirely funded by donations and simply cannot support the growing number of people with cancer without your help. Sign up at coffeeregister.macmillan.org.uk
- For more information about Pink Door Cakes, click here.