FARRAH MIL­LAR, 37, MUM TO LEHNAE, 18 MONTHS AND RHYLAN, 4 MONTHS (WA)

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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.”

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