Brisbane: Karyn Love dies of breast cancer

A mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer the day she gave birth to her daughter has died from the disease.

Despite defying the odds and living for 19 months compared to the short time doctors initially gave her, Brisbane’s Karyn Love lost her battle with cancer this week.

Her family announced the loss on Instagram along with a tribute to her, with a “celebration of life ceremony” to be held in her memory.

“Karyn Louise Love. 1983 – 2022. Smile for me, I’m free,” the post read.

“Thank you for all your love and kindness throughout my journey, I will remember you.”

The ceremony to be held in his honor is scheduled to be held

Mourners are asked to wear white in his honour, and the ceremony will take place on December 18 at 10.30am in Brookfield.

Mrs Love had announced she was “seriously unwell” more than a year ago while pregnant with baby Billi, fearing she could lose her child to the illness.

She was rushed to the hospital at 29 weeks with severe back pain.

“She was told she needed an emergency c-section immediately otherwise she and her baby may not make it,” a friend wrote on a GoFundMe campaign.

“An hour after Billi was born, Karyn was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that had spread to her liver, bones and optic nerve.”

Ms Love was told she would not leave the hospital, but she fought back and left two weeks later to begin treatment with hormone blockers, daily chemotherapy, a long list of complementary medicines, holistic treatments, meditation and a organic and alkaline diet.

“She sat for endless hours in the NICU giving Billi some skin-to-skin healing time. She couldn’t wait to bring her home and be the mom she’d always dreamed of,” the friend said.

Funds raised through the campaign were intended to cover medical expenses and babysitting costs while she underwent treatment.

Mrs. Love was able to celebrate her daughter’s birthday before she died.

“What an honor to celebrate my daughter’s birthday and a year of life,” she wrote on Instagram about the special day.

“Love has been my favorite secret weapon. The love I have for my daughter. The love I have for my own life. The love that the greater community has poured into our lives. The love I have for my cancer.

“I’ve always believed that you need to feel to heal and I’ve definitely felt pain and sadness and I’ve also felt joy and pure presence. And that’s something we all want. Be present and live a life of gratitude. Life is a gift and I receive this gift with open arms.”

Originally posted as New Mom 3 Weeks Live After Death From Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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