British mother, Indira Jayasuriya, decided to postpone chemotherapy to give her baby the best chance at life.

At 28 weeks pregnant, Jayasuriya was told that her breast cancer had returned and spread to her liver.  It was stage four and incurable, but instead of delivering via cesarean section immediately, as she was advised, Jayasuriya decided to put her baby first, feeling it was too early to deliver.  “He had helped detect the cancer, saving me,” Jayasuriya said.  “I just hoped I could save him, too.”

Unfortunately, the cancer was estrogen positive, meaning that Jayasuriya would suffer more as her pregnancy continued. However, she still wanted the best for her baby and waited until 33 weeks to deliver her son, Dilan.

After spending some time in the intensive care unit, Dilan is healthy and lives at home with his mother, father, and sister, Thilini.

Jayasuriya is undergoing a hormonal cancer treatment.

Meanwhile, she finds inspiration through her family.

“I can’t bear to think about leaving my children behind,” Jayasuriya said. “They are what keep me fighting. I feel positive and am making the most of every moment I spend with my family. Not a day goes by when I don’t tell them I love them.”

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