A YOUNG Bundy mother lives each day knowing it could be her last after she was diagnosed with a terminal cancer one year ago.

Hope Butcher said she started to become sick when she was 25 and after many trips to hospital was diagnosed with carcinoid tumours which had spread throughout her body.

The 28-year-old has not given up on life and has fulfilled her dream of becoming a cafe owner before she dies, opening Cafe House at Northway Plaza, North Bundaberg.

Mrs Butcher said she was now at the stage where she had to be strong for her daughters, 10, 8 and 6.

"I know I'm going to die. I'm totally okay with it now," she said.

"I just don't know if it's going to be tomorrow.

"I just need to get on with it.

"Really I just have my kids to worry about and that's what I have to do."

NEW VENTURE: Hope and Jamie Butcher on the day of their grand opening of their coffee shop. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
NEW VENTURE: Hope and Jamie Butcher on the day of their grand opening of their coffee shop. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Mrs Butcher said after the birth of her third child she had put on weight and when extensive exercise couldn't shift it she knew something was wrong.

She had symptoms which also included flushing of her cheeks, vomiting, bowel problems and a lot of pain.

"I have the rare neuroendocrine cancer which was picked up at stage four," she said.

"The doctors went to take out my gallbladder as they thought I had gallstones and that's how they found the cancer.

"Doctors said I wouldn't last 12 months and I have proved them wrong.

"It's a slow-growing cancer which could have been in my body for a while.

"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 along with her husband, Jamie, they decided because they knew what was coming they had to prioritise their children.

"The girls know I have cancer and they understand what's going on," she said.

MOTHER’S LOVE: Hope Butcher with her girls.
MOTHER’S LOVE: Hope Butcher with her girls. Fiona SWEETMAN

"I didn't want them growing up saying 'How come mummy didn't tell me?'"

The mother of three said she wanted to raise awareness of carcinoid cancer as it could come out of the blue and happen to anyone.

"People may just think they have irritable bowel syndrome then boom they have cancer," she said.

Cafe House

NORTHWAY Plaza at North Bundaberg now has a new place to meet for coffee.    Cafe House opened its doors on Monday with a fresh range of baked goods, hot beverages and a range of smiles from the family owned business.   Jamie and Hope Butcher had a plan to open a cafe before Hope became too sick from her cancer.   The cafe is open Monday to Saturday, 8am - 4pm   Check it out on Facebook - Cafe House.   Phone: 4151 6772.  

What's carcinoid?

Carcinoid is a rare tumour that begins in cells in the neuroendocrine system.

About 80% of carcinoid tumours grow in the appendix and small bowel.

But they can also develop in the pancreas, lungs, stomach, ovaries, kidneys or testicles.

Carcinoid tumours grow at different rates but they're usually very slow growing tumours.

They may not grow or cause problems for months or years.

However, some are aggressive and can quickly spread to other parts of the body and cause serious problems.



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