FARRAH MILLAR, 37, MUM TO LEHNAE, 18 MONTHS AND RHYLAN, 4 MONTHS (WA)
Farrah has always wanted to be a mum. After trying for a baby with no success, she and her partner, Brad, turned to IVF, but had no luck. The pair applied to foster but were told they didn’t have enough experience. In the end, Farrah fell pregnant naturally with their daughter, Lehnae, last year. Their son, Rhylan, was born 14 months later.
Only 18 hours after his birth, Farrah was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. Her response? A positive attitude and facing her disease head on. “Having children is the best distraction. I have to get up and look after them. Seeing their little faces makes me forget what is really going on.”
To keep her friends and family up to date on her journey, she began a Facebook group called #FarrahsArmy. The page has been a huge success, growing in numbers dramatically after an article sharing her journey appeared online. It’s been a source of support and reassurance for Farrah and other mums who are struggling. “When women are put in this situation it’s so daunting. You get thrown onto this train that’s leaving the station and you have no idea where it’s heading,” she says.
Farrah is also an advocate of women regularly checking their breasts for changes and not hesitating to seek medical advice if they notice anything unusual. “I want to share the message to other women out there that it’s so important to get your boobs checked – it can happen to anyone.”