A devastated mother-of-three has been diagnosed with incurable stage four ovarian cancer – just after her teenage son got the all clear from his leukaemia.
Jessica Bourne, 39, of Lichfield, became ill within months of her 16-year-old boy, Jaye Camacho, being declared cancer-free following a three-year battle.
Her illness followed a hauntingly similar path to her son’s – with them both becoming sick and having to cut short their holidays in Devon.
Both also had to go back and forth to the doctors, who repeatedly dismissed their concerns, before they were eventually diagnosed.
Ms Bourne believes the delay in receiving a diagnosis is partly due to the lack of awareness around symptoms.
She endured severe bloating – a little known sign – that made her appear pregnant during her run-up to the heartbreaking news being broken.
Despite being initially told she had cancer, and undergoing grueling rounds of chemotherapy, it came back to haunt her – and doctors have said it’s incurable.
Speaking for the first time about her ordeal, Ms Bourne said: ‘It’s unbelievable how much the pattern repeated itself.