INSPIRATIONAL: Portishead mum Heidi Loughlin to release debut book on losing her baby girl, battling cancer and trying to save lives
PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 March 2019
A Portishead mum who endured the death of her baby girl while bravely battling cancer herself has chronicled her 'heartache' in a book, with hopes of saving children's lives.
Heidi Loughlin – who has fended off terminal breast cancer – is set to release a book next week, telling of her life before the disease, the pain of her loss and how she has gone on to inspire millions with ‘humour and heroism’.
The 36-year-old is a popular writer – her Storm In A Tit Cup blog has earned awards and millions of views online – and she has decided to put pen to paper and release a book on her experiences.
Heidi said: “This book is absolutely not just about cancer. It’s about my start in life, my upbringing on the not-so-mean streets of Portishead.
“I cover university, army cadets, travels abroad, my career in the Met, and then my cancer diagnosis crops up.
“On the book cover it says ‘humour, heartache and heroism’. I’m not sure about the heroism but the other two pretty much sum it up.”
Heidi’s Lifeline will be available on March 21, and a book signing will be held at The Old Mill, in High Street, at 7pm when 200 copies will be available to buy.
The former Metropolitan Police officer was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 2015 after noticing a rash while breastfeeding her son.
She was pregnant with her third child at the time, and was given the option of terminating the pregnancy to begin aggressive chemotherapy.
But already in love with the baby girl growing inside her, Heidi declined the abortion and underwent a less aggressive form of treatment.
Disaster struck, however, as Ally Louise was born 12 weeks early weighing just 2lb 5oz – and she died days later after contracting a virus.
Heidi was then told her cancer was terminal and had spread, but she refused to accept defeat – undergoing a mastectomy and successfully campaigning to receive life-extending drug Kadcyla.
The drug obliterated Heidi’s tumours and continual chemotherapy is keeping the cancer at bay – although doctors fear it may return one day – but that has not stopped her living life to the full.
She is ticking off her bucket list with husband Keith and sons Noah and Tait, working hard for charity and raising money for causes close to her heart.
Her struggles have helped Heidi discover a flair for writing, and she says her blog has proved a ‘lifeline’ on the darkest days – hence the book’s moniker.
Half of the cash raised from the sale of the book will go towards the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Support charity, which cares for premature babies.
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