Praise God! Truly HE is the God of great wonders!
As Laura Bacon-Smith cuddles her baby daughter, she knows she is nothing short of a miracle.
She had been told by doctors that she had an extremely rare form of cancer that is hard to treat and had widespread tumours in her liver.
She started on gruelling chemotherapy treatment and was given just six months to live.
But five years later not only was she still alive – but she had just fallen pregnant against all the odds, after doctors told her the treatment would leave her infertile.
Now she is set to celebrate Christmas with her miracle daughter Lake, who celebrated her first birthday the day before Christmas Eve.
As Laura Bacon-Smith (right) cuddles her baby daughter Lake (left), she knows she is nothing short of a miracle
And not only was baby Lake’s arrival a miracle – but amazingly she has shrunk her mother’s tumours – which means she is able to spend more time with her precious family.
Delighted Miss Bacon-Smith said: ‘Lake really is my miracle baby.
Not only have I survived against all the odds to fall pregnant with her – but she has actually managed to make me better.
‘She is the best thing to have ever happened to me.’ When Miss Bacon Smith, 28, was first diagnosed with the cancer, she was devastated.
She had collapsed at work as an account manager in 2010 and was immediately transferred to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.
She said: ‘It felt like I had a stitch in my right side, but I’d done nothing to warrant it.
‘The next day I went to work as usual, but the pain was so bad that I collapsed at work.’
She was rushed to hospital and was kept there for more than two months because doctors ‘didn’t have a clue’ about what was wrong with her.
Eventually she had three biopsies which came back as cancerous and doctors confirmed she had Hepatic Epithelioid Hemangio Endothelioma, an extremely rare form of cancer affecting the lungs, liver, soft tissue and blood.
Laura had been told by doctors that she had an extremely rare form of cancer that is hard to treat and had widespread tumours in her liver
Five years after being told her time was coming to an end, not only was she still alive – but she had just fallen pregnant against all the odds, after doctors told her the treatment would leave her infertile
It is such a rare cancer, that it accounts for only a fraction of one per cent of all cancers.
It was at this point they announced that she would not live to see the end of another year.
She said: ‘I was told I had a maximum of six months to live and then I had two rounds of chemo, which meant I lost my hair.’
Despite her devastating diagnosis, Miss Bacon-Smith then went on to meet her boyfriend Lewis Neeve and since then they have been inseparable.
She said: ‘Lewis knew about my diagnosis from the start and he said that the cancer didn’t matter and we should continue to make every minute count.’
Then in April last year, she made the most amazing discovery.
After managing to survive for a further five years following her terminal diagnosis she was pregnant.
She said: “The doctors didn’t believe I was pregnant at first so I had to have an internal ultrasound, but we were all left amazed.
‘I had to take eight pregnancy tests until we really believe it.
‘The doctors had told me I would be infertile because of all the treatment I’d had, but I still managed to fall pregnant. This baby was obviously meant to be.’
Miss Bacon Smith couldn’t give birth naturally because of the strain on her heart, and baby Lake was born 11 months ago by caesarian the day before Christmas Eve last year.
She is set to celebrate her first birthday this Christmas, and the couple, who live in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, plan to have a special celebration.
Despite her devastating diagnosis, Miss Bacon-Smith (right) then went on to meet her boyfriend Lewis Neeve (left) and since then they have been inseparable
Miss Bacon-Smith said: ‘She is such a special baby. It will be our first proper Christmas this year.
‘We were allowed to bring her home on Christmas Eve last year, but she had only just been born, so it will be a real proper Christmas this year.’
And doctors have also made another startling discovery.
A scan carried out in May this year revealed that being pregnant with her miracle baby had actually caused Miss Bacon-Smith’s tumours to shrink.
She added: ‘They told me that because of all the pregnancy hormones, it would either mean my tumours would accelerate, or that they would shrink.
And when they did the scan in May it showed that amazingly they had shrunk, which was fantastic news.
‘At the moment my diagnosis is still terminal, as it is a cancer they can’t cure, but my baby has managed to shrink my tumours and give me more time as a mother.
‘We don’t know what the future will hold. Six years ago I was given just six months to live.
‘But I’m still here and about to see my baby celebrate her first birthday.
‘And not only is she here, but she has managed to make me better too. She really is a miracle.’