A MUM told how she developed coronavirus while pregnant, only to beat it – and then be diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Sharlene Gillies, from Somerset, shared her heartbreaking story on Facebook in a series of posts which went viral.
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Sharlene, 40, said in April how she was 16 weeks pregnant, but also battling coronavirus.
"I’m healthcare worker been suffering since March 11 with a sore throat, cough and temperature," she said.
"Not fully recovered then became poorly again April 15 but this time was bad with temperatures but not sore throat.
"I stopped breathing my muscle so, so weak and painful to breathe.
"Ambulance took me in 20 as I could not control my temperature they said I had pneumonia infection on my right lung. Blood test showed infection, I tested positive on eighth day of temperature.
"April 23 and I’m still in isolation, I am scared if I can catch it again as it is twice now but the ambulance said it’s secondary infection.
"I always came out with a rash this time..I was left on my own which my partner left me scared of catching COVID-19 gone to live with his mum. I’m 16 weeks pregnant hoping baby okay."
The post was viewed thousands of times and happily she recovered, but now she has revealed more heartbreaking news – that she has cervical cancer.
"I posted back in May of recovered from COVID while being pregnant… update… I did not fully recover I fell poorly again with cervical cancer while pregnant," she said.
"I had radical hysterectomy after a C-Section then sepsis, this year been so painful, I’m now on week 4 of recovery, anybody that’s been affected by COVID please get checked for CANCER…."
The current update for Sharlene, who gave Fabulous permission to post her story, is unknown.
However, people have shared their support.
"Oh bless you what an awful year for you. I'm glad you have got your baby and your cancer has been treated and I wish you well in your recovery," said one women.
"Rest and heal," said another.
Sharlene shared her story ahead of lockdown starting tomorrow.
Boris Johnson is said to have heeded to scientists' calls after he was warned there could be several thousand deaths a day if action was not taken to curtail the rise of coronavirus cases.
Under the second lockdown, all non-essential businesses must shut including bars, pubs and clubs.
Ahead of lockdown, we have revisited some stories from March.
We previously brought you the story about the stockpilers who are protecting their huge hauls with everything from BB guns to chainsaws.
And a woman has spent £1.5k stockpiling for Christmas.
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