She chose to risk her own life in order to give her unborn son a chance.
And during an emotional interview on 60 Minutes, journalist Elle Halliwell revealed how she found the strength to delay her cancer treatment.
The 31-year-old was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) just days after learning she was four weeks pregnant with her first child.
‘I’d do it all again In a heartbeat!’ During an emotional interview on 60 Minutes, journalist Elle Halliwell revealed how she found the strength to delay her cancer treatment while pregnant
In December last year, she had a safe delivery and welcomed a healthy son, Tor Felix Biasotto, with husband Nick Biasotto by her side.
Since sharing her incredible story, Elle claims she has received overwhelming support from ‘complete strangers’.
‘It really renewed my faith. It was amazing,’ she said on Sunday night.
Happy family: After she was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia, Elle gave birth to a healthy baby boy with husband Nick Biasotto by her side
Reporter Allison Langdon asked Elle if the struggle was worth it.
‘Oh, he was so worth it,’ she said without hesitation. ‘In a heartbeat. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.’
Elle also revealed she undergoes oral chemotherapy which leaves her with achy bones and fatigue.
But staying positive about her situation, she said: ‘I just had this feeling, I think in my gut, that I was going to get through.’
Heartbreaking: Elle was diagnosed just two days after finding out she was four weeks pregnant with her first child
Elle spoke candidly about learning of her diagnosis while also dealing with the prospect of carrying a child.
‘I just thought that poor life inside me. How can something survive in a body that has leukaemia,’ she said.
The mother-of-one also understands there is the possibility the drugs may stop working and admitted she still had a ‘long journey ahead’.
‘We’ve still got a long journey ahead’: Elle revealed she undergoes oral chemotherapy that leaves her with achy bones and fatigue