WATCH | 'I wasn't expected to live': UK mom with terminal breast cancer defies the odds

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UK-based mom Heidi Loughlin, who was given a terminal cancer diagnosis six years ago, has reason to celebrate.

The author and motivational speaker has undergone breast reconstruction surgery that doctors said would never happen. 

Loughlin, 38, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive stage four inflammatory breast cancer while pregnant in 2015 and was told to prepare for the worst. 

But Heidi, a former police officer who runs a world-famous blog, Storm in a Tit Cup, has never given up fighting and has surpassed all medical predictions. 

To help others like her, Heidi has documented her experiences on her award-winning blog. 

"When I was diagnosed, I was informed that reconstruction wasn't an option. This is due to the nature of inflammatory breast cancer with a prognosis of two to five years and stage four patients being at the diarist end of the scale. In short, I wasn't expected to live long enough for reconstruction. The mastectomy you have with inflammatory breast cancer is different to the more conventional cancers we know. I had to have all the skin, tissue and nipple removed, so there is no room for an implant." 

Watch the video above for more. 

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