Couple diagnosed with cancer just weeks apart

2018-04-30 14:35
PHOTO: Facebook/Samantha Boatman

PHOTO: Facebook/Samantha Boatman

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This couple were preparing to welcome their second child in 2016 when they were given devastating news.

Sam Boatman, from Tyne and Wear in England, started experiencing severe stomach cramps that left her battling to breathe. She also began passing blood, reports Daily Telegraph.

“They were so sudden and sharp they took my breath away,” says Sam. “Then I started passing blood too.”

Although her symptoms were worrying, the teacher decided not to have a colonoscopy to avoid putting her baby at a risk, and because she was worried about her husband’s deteriorating health.

According to, Martin Boatman (now 34) suffered from excruciating headaches which caused him to vomit, and started losing his ability to walk.

At first doctor’s thought he had a growth behind his eyes but later discovered he had seven tumours on his brain and was unlikely to live to see the birth of his daughter.

“When they put the camera down my throat to look for the tumour a floating sponge, the shape of a ball, loomed into view and I knew that was it,” says Martin.

“That was my cancer.”

But Martin was given more bad news when doctors revealed the cancer had spread to his lungs, kidneys, liver and bones, reports Mirror News.

The devastated dad started framing photos of himself for his children, and even recorded himself reading bedtime stories to his unborn baby.

But despite doctors’ diagnosis, Martin lived to see his beautiful baby girl Esme born on 12 November 2016.

The family were unfortunately dealt another blow just six weeks after Sam gave birth. The mom-of-two was diagnosed with fast-spreading stage T3 bowel cancer.  

“Martin was beside himself. The only thing keeping him going was the thought that if he died I’d still be here for our kids. I knew I had to fight for my life.

“I clung to the fact that on my notes my oncologist had written ‘curable’.”

The 32-year-old, who later discovered her cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, had surgery in February last year followed by chemotherapy to treat her aggressive cancer.

The mom is now winning her battle.

Although drugs have shrunk Martin’s brain tumours, his lung cancer is still incurable.

“One day his cancer will find a way to outsmart the drugs.

“He might have five good years or it might all go downhill tomorrow. We try not to live in a constant state of dread,” says Sam.

The couple, who met while studying teaching in 2008, have decided to donate funds to Cancer Research UK to make a difference for future generations.

“Every day I have with my family now is a day I thought I’d never see,” says Martin.


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