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Dying mum, 21, reveals heartbreaking bucket list

A young mother who was diagnosed with cervical cancer aged 19 has shared a heartbreaking bucket list.

Abbie Colvin received the shocking diagnoses more than two years ago, following a year of symptoms including cystitis, bleeding after sex and lower back pain.

The aspiring doctor has now shared a bucket list of things she wants to do, which include being her sister’s maid of honour and taking her son Oscar on holiday.

MERCURY PRESS. 14/03/19. Poulton, UK. Pictured: Abbie Colvin, 21, with her partner Oakley Buchanan, 21, and their son Oscar Buchanan, 15 months. An aspiring doctor diagnosed with cervical cancer at 19 who shunned chemotherapy to save her unborn baby has now written a bucket list - including learning pole dancing, riding an elephant and having sex under the stars. Student Abbie Colvin, 21, spent a year being treated with antibiotics for cystitis as she was experiencing bleeding during intercourse. But when she went to the doctors for sexual health screening in September 2016 after meeting her partner Oakley Buchanan, 21, tests revealed a problem with her cervix. The young mum has now shared her bucket list - which also includes getting a first in her degree, being her sister's maid of honour, taking her son on holiday and swimming with sharks - online.

Abbie Colvin, 21, with her partner Oakley Buchanan, 21, and their son Oscar Buchanan (Picture: Mercury Press & Media)

Her illness was only picked up after a sexual health screening check, following which doctors told her she would need a hysterectomy.

After coming to terms with the fact that she would possibly never have a baby, Miss Colvin from Poulton, Lancashire, had to receive laser treatment to target cancer cells on her cervix in April 2017, however a precautionary urine test revealed she was already pregnant.

‘Miracle baby’ Oscar Buchanan was born healthy on December 12, after which Miss Colvin then started three gruelling rounds of chemotherapy two weeks later.

She has refused to let her diagnosis hold her back, pushing ahead with her life ambitions, despite the cancer continuing to spread.

MERCURY PRESS. 11/07/18. Poulton, UK. Pictured: Abbie Colvin, 20, with her partner Oakley Buchanan, 21, embracing her hair loss following difficult rounds of chemotheraphy. An aspiring doctor diagnosed with cervical cancer at 19 who shunned chemotherapy to save her unborn baby is celebrating giving birth to a healthy boy, fighting cancer and achieving a first in her university exams. Second-year student Abbie Colvin, now 20, spent a year being treated with antibiotics for cystitis as she was experiencing bleeding during intercourse. But when she went to the doctors for sexual health screening in September 2016 after meeting her partner Oakley Buchanan, 21, tests revealed a problem with her cervix. SEE MERCURY COPY

Abbie Colvin, 20, embracing her hair loss following difficult rounds of chemotheraphy (Picture: Mercury Press & Media)

Still getting up at 4am to go to work, Miss Colvin is determined to fulfil her dream of becoming a doctor and is continuing to study at the university in Manchester.

A fundraising page has been set up by sister Christie to help her achieve the goals on her bucket list, which include learning to skate, seeing the Northern Lights and a campaign for the smear test age to be lowered.

Christie said: ‘Her loved ones around her see her when she’s unable to even lift her head off her pillow because she’s so weak from the treatment, her bald head because she’s lost all of her hair.

‘But no one would ever know as she holds her head high and has the happiest spirit you could ever imagine.

MERCURY PRESS. 11/07/18. Poulton, UK. Pictured: Abbie Colvin, 20, with her son Oscar Buchanan, now seven months, before she lost her hair due to chemotherapy. An aspiring doctor diagnosed with cervical cancer at 19 who shunned chemotherapy to save her unborn baby is celebrating giving birth to a healthy boy, fighting cancer and achieving a first in her university exams. Second-year student Abbie Colvin, now 20, spent a year being treated with antibiotics for cystitis as she was experiencing bleeding during intercourse. But when she went to the doctors for sexual health screening in September 2016 after meeting her partner Oakley Buchanan, 21, tests revealed a problem with her cervix. SEE MERCURY COPY

Abbie Colvin, 20, with her son Oscar Buchanan, now seven months, before she lost her hair due to chemotherapy (Picture: Mercury Press Agency)

‘She never lets anyone around her feel down and sad and that’s exactly why she keeps such a brave face and powers on as if nothings even going on in her life.

‘She keeps fighting for her little miracle baby and I genuinely believe that’s what has kept her going.

‘She is such an inspiration to everyone around her.’

Christie added that the bucket list was a way for Abbie ‘to make memories, with all her favourite people in the whole wide world’.

Other items on the bucket list include learning to ice skate, riding an elephant, eat Italian in Italy, seeing the pyramids, go on a family holiday, see Ariana Grande live and mend broken relationships.

During an interview with Femail in July 2018, Miss Colvin urged other young women to never give up in their battle against cervical cancer.

She said: ‘For other women battling cervical cancer, you can never give up. You know your own body and you need to keep pushing for a diagnosis.

You can donate to Abbie’s fundraiser here.



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