Newly married and hoping to start a family, former Kelowna resident now find herself in a battle for her life

Fighting the fight of her life

Rebecca Hamilton seemed to have it all.

She married the love of her life, Josh, earlier this year, moved to the United States to be with her husband with the thought of eventually starting a family.

All those plans are now on hold, as the former Kelowna native fights to beat a devastating cancer diagnosis she received less than a month ago.

Now, her sister-in-law, Ginny Hamilton, has established a GoFundMe campaign to help with medical costs.

Rebecca, who is just 28, says she received the diagnosis after feeling pain in her left breast about three-and-a-half weeks ago. Last Thursday, the official diagnosis was Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

"It has spread to at least 5 areas of my bones that we can see on a recent bone scan," she said.

"If I don’t get treatment, I have less than a year to live. Even saying this right now, I don’t believe it myself. The positives are that I am young, healthy, and have A LOT of strength, so I know I can fight this with everything I've got."

She will be undergoing intense radiation and chemotherapy.

To make matters worse, Ginny wrote in the campaign message, Rebecca was informed that the chemo will affect her ovaries and therefore her fertility, leaving her with only a 20 per cent chance of being able to get pregnant.

"She was recommended to freeze her eggs before starting treatment to increase her chance of being able to have a baby following her fight with cancer. However, this costs approx. $25,000 which they are not able to afford, especially since their main focus right now is to beat cancer and save her life," Ginny wrote.

"If you are able to help our beloved Rebecca, please consider making a donation. Every little bit helps. If you are unable to donate please consider sharing her story and keeping her in your thoughts and prayers."

Rebecca says there is no history of cancer in her family, and wonders if pesticides from the East Kelowna apple orchard she grew up on has brought it on.

She says she and a neighbourhood girl would play in the orchard as kids while the trees were being sprayed.

Rebecca says the friend passed away from lung cancer about a year-and-a-half ago.

As of late Monday, the campaign had raised nearly $22,000 of its $25,000 target.

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