Hope remains strong for girls
HOPE Butcher is a strong mother of three fighting terminal cancer and she won't give up for her girls.
The 28-year-old was diagnosed with terminal cancer in February last year - and she was given just 12 months to live.
Now 18 months later she is still smiling and living each day like it is her last.
The NewsMail first shared the story about Hope and her dream of being a cafe owner, so she would have a legacy to leave to her daughters, in April.
Her cancer was diagnosed at stage four, with carcinoid tumours had spread throughout her body.
"It started in my pancreas and then spread to my liver which was riddled with it, to my spine and then my hip,” she said.
Doctors told Hope she would have a year to say her goodbyes and now a year and half later she is still fighting.
She said that, along with the cafe, her daughters and husband Jamie gave her the will to keep going.
"I have my good days and my bad,” Hope told the NewsMail.
"They said I wouldn't last year and I am still here.
"Without my family and this place I would be miserable - they help carry me.”
The rare carcinoid cancer normally begins in cells in the neuro-endocrine system and about 80% grow in the appendix or small bowel.
Hope said before she was diagnosed she believed she had irritable bowel syndrome and never expected to be given a terimnal diagnosis.
There are hopes she will be able to trial a medication which is used to help stop melanoma to reduce her carcinoid cancer.
"I go back to Brisbane tomorrow for my second chemo,” she said.
"I want to trial the Keytruda medication which is used for people with melanoma.
"I've just been a bit too sick so I just have to wait for my platelets to improve.”