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Scots mum given months to live 17 days after being told she’d beaten cancer

A devastated Scots mum has been told she has six months to live just 17 days after being given the all clear from cancer.

Amanda Buchan, from Aberdeen, was over the moon when medics informed her she had beaten triple negative breast cancer this year.

The mum underwent six gruelling sessions of chemotherapy that made her ill, and tragically lost her dad to the disease halfway through her treatment.

Brave Amanda also had part of her breast removed and four lymph nodes from her armpit where the cancer had spread.

But the 39-year-old’s life was turned upside down when she suffered a severe seizure just hours after a lunch to celebrate being cancer free.

Amanda was rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in May and brain scans revealed her cancer had spread.

She was given the tragic news that she would only have between three and six months left to live.

She told the Record: “I was diagnosed on October 6, 2020, with triple negative breast cancer and I went through chemo. It was very hard and very gruelling, I lost my dad to lung cancer in December.

“I finished chemo on the 3rd of March and then on the Thursday I went straight into surgery. I got part of my breast removed and four lymph nodes removed from my left armpit – I had tumours there as well and that was a 10 hour surgery.

“I went out with my step-mum for lunch to Dobbies, I was finally feeling good and feeling myself again. It was a wee celebratory lunch.

Amanda and Krisstoffer

“When I came home I said to my fiance I don’t feel good I’m going to lie down.

“I took a really bad seizure – there was blood coming out of my mouth and I had to go in an ambulance.

“I had a partial brain scan at 10am and they said I had a 1 and a half cm tumour.”

Amanda continued: “The doctor came in and said ‘you’ve got four tumours on your brain – they are terminal. You have three to six months to live but I would say three months at a push’.

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“I am not done with life – I’m 39 and I’ve got so much to fight for.”

Amanda is now focusing on making memories with son Krisstoffer, 18, and fiance Daniel Bullock, 29, and will get married on Friday June 25.

Scots mum given months to live 17 days after being told she'd beaten cancer
The family are hoping for one more holiday

Her soon to be sister-in-law has set up a fundraiser to aid wedding costs and the pair don’t want presents but son Krisstoffer is hoping guests may be able to spare a small amount of cash instead so the family can enjoy one last holiday.

Amanda has been receiving radiotherapy in a bid to prolong her life and is desperate to raise awareness of triple negative cancer which is an rare type of breast cancer.

She also strongly believes that cancer patients should have a brain scan and that it should be law.

Amanda added: “For me, what I find hard is my 18-year-old son and him screaming when I was telling him in the hospital. I can still hear that scream in the back of my head – he’s only 18, he should have to experience this.

“He watched his granddad go through this and now he’s watching his mum.”

The Daily Record contacted NHS Grampian for comment.

To donate to Amanda’s wedding fundraiser, click here.

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