It was meant to be one of the happiest times of new mum Sam Entwisle’s life, but everything was turned upside down when she made a startling discovery under her rib cage.
After giving birth to her third child, a healthy baby boy, last year, the young mum was struck down with excruciating pain, which led to the discovery of two hard lumps in her abdomen.
Devastatingly, a CT scan uncovered a football-sized 21cm tumour on her liver, which had spread from her colon during pregnancy.
Within a couple of days, and several tests later, Sam was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer, with hormones during pregnancy believed to have contributed to the cancer’s rapid spread.
During pregnancy, Sam was found to have a small lesion on her liver, with doctors putting her symptoms down to pregnancy at the time.