Abraham Moreno Edwards and his mum Amanda were diagnosed with cancer weeks apart (Image: SWNS)
A mother has told how her nine-year-old son was diagnosed with leukaemia, just weeks before doctors found she had breast cancer.
Abraham Moreno Edwards and his mum Amanda, 49, are having chemotherapy at the same time – and determined to keep laughing.
The mum-of-two said: “We have a joke about both being bald and who looks best.
“We try to laugh to keep our spirits up. But it is very frightening.”
Abraham was diagnosed with two unrelated types of blood cancer two weeks apart after his mum took him to the doctors with what she thought was a cold.
Medics found two lumps in her breast six weeks later. Both her paternal grandma and great grandma had breast cancer.
The pair are fighting cancer together – and try to laugh through the ordeal(Image: SWNS)
Amanda, from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, said: “My attitude is my son is extremely ill and fighting for his life – I’ve just got breast cancer. I’m very, very positive when it comes to myself because I have seen for myself what children – my son included – go through.
“I have chemo once in three weeks. He goes through five days consecutively, and any break he gets is spent in hospital with side effects. I feel like in comparison I’m not going through a lot.”
Amanda, a translator, moved to Velez-Malaga in southern Spain in 2002 and sons Abraham and 11-year-old Jose were born in Spain. She is separated from the boys’ father, Jose Moreno, 47.
Abraham Moreno Edwards was diagnosed with leukemia twice – just weeks before his mum found out she had breast cancer(Image: SWNS)
Her nightmare began when Abraham, known as Ab, went to the doctor with swollen glands in February.
He was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia and myeloid leukaemia after blood tests. “It’s pure chance that he has both – just bad luck,” added Amanda, who had to give up work after her own diagnosis.