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Baby and toddler face losing parents after both diagnosed with terminal cancer

A baby and toddler face becoming orphans after both their parents were tragically diagnosed with terminal cancer just three months apart.

Brit Adam Graveley, 38, and Australian wife Caitlin, 39, have been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.

The family now faces the prospect of two-year-old Thea and Fearn, four months, of growing up without a mum and dad, the Daily Mirror reports.

Caitlin was diagnosed with bowel cancer last November after suffering pain throughout her second pregnancy, while Adam was told he has pancreatic cancer in February.

The couple live in Perth, Australia after meeting while Adam was travelling around the world.

His sister Emma Reynolds, 41, says she and the rest of the family cannot visit them until April.

Emma, from Abbeymead, Gloucestershire, said: “I don’t think you’ll ever be able to understand why or process both of them.

“We’re hoping and praying every day that the treatment they’re getting works and that they’ve got years rather than months.

“The hope is to raise awareness because they’re so young, and how suddenly your life can be sent into absolute turmoil.

“They were very into fitness and health, they eat organic, but it’s hit them both so hard.”

Adam met Caitlin in 2009 through internet dating, tying the knot in 2014.

Caitlin gave birth to her second child Fearn on October 14, 2020, but had continuous abdominal pain that turned out to be a tumour on her colon.

Sister-in-law Emma said: “It was absolutely devastating.

“The tumour in her colon was quite large so they reckon she’d had it for over a year and a half, but because she was pregnant it could’ve masked the pain.

“She did say, looking back, she did have abdominal cramps but she thought it was to do with pregnancy.”

Adam was then diagnosed with terminal cancer after getting pains in his side.

Emma added: “His wife was diagnosed in November so he’d been quite stressed but he had no other symptoms.

“We thought it was just going to be a stomach ulcer or his appendix.

“His liver is covered in lesions. It’s the worst cancer you can get which is pancreatic cancer, it was just awful.”

He started an experimental chemotherapy drug trial two days later that is extremely aggressive.

Caitlin’s tumour was removed and now has chemotherapy to kill the inoperable cancer on her liver.

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