Young mum thought she just had a bad back, but it turned out to be caused by an incurable one-in-10 million cancer – read her gut-wrenching message to her boys who will grow up without her
- Melinda Kolodynski, 33, was diagnosed with a ‘one-in-10-million’ cancer type
- She said she’d noticed a dull ache in her back she thought was just period pain
- She was then struck down with pain so bad ‘I was begging my husband to kill me’
- The rare cancer is incurable so she now hopes to spend her days with her family
A devastated mum says she just wants more time with her two children before a super rare cancer takes her life.
Melinda Kolodynski, 33, said she’d noticed a dull ache in her back she thought was period pain several months before being diagnosed with cancer.
A working mum to two sons, six-year-old Maximus and two-year-old Corey, Ms Kolodynski had relied on Panadol to get through her busy days.
But in July, two months after the pain started, she was suddenly struck down with unimaginable pain.
Melinda Kolodynski (pictured with her family) was diagnosed with a super rare cancer in July after suffering back pain for two months
Ms Kolodynski (above) was diagnosed with a ‘one-in-10-million’ case of angiosarcoma, soft tissue blood cancer
‘By 11pm, I was in the worst pain of my life. I was begging my husband to kill me as we waited for the ambulance, it was that bad,’ Ms Kolodynski told 7News.
Paramedics managed to dull the pain and rushed her to the hospital where CT scans revealed a cluster of three masses suspected to be advanced ovarian cancer.
However, further testing revealed a much scarier diagnosis: an ultra-rare angiosarcoma, soft tissue blood cancer.
‘It’s a one-in-a-million type of cancer… Being in my pelvis as a primary cancer meant mine was actually a one-in-10-million case,’ she said.
Ms Kolodynski (right) said her cancer is incurable and wants to spend her final days with her family and help her eldest son Maximus (right) recover from leg lengthening surgeries
After failed attempts at chemotherapy, Ms Kolodynski was told her only treatment option was a gruelling 16-hour surgery to remove the organs from around her pelvis and replace them with stoma bags.
But at the last minute she was told the tumour had grown too large for the surgery to work.
Now, Ms Kolodynski says she has no chance at recovery and wants to spend her final moments with her family.
‘I’d love to take them on holiday and see Corey go off to school but I don’t know what will be possible,’ she said.
Her eldest son, Maximus, is also suffering through a long-term health battle to lengthen one of his legs which was short from birth.
A GoFundMe started by Ms Kolodynski’s (above) mother will raise money to help her live her final days to the fullest
Ms Kolodynski said she wants to focus on helping him and preparing both her children for when she’s passed.
‘I have had to tell him mummies can’t always be there forever and that Daddy and Grandma will take care of him and his mummy will always be in his heart,’ she said.
Ms Kolodynski’s mum, Tracey, has set up a GoFundMe to help support her family and ensure her daughter can live the remainder of her life to the fullest.
‘This has turned (Ms Kolodynski) and her little family’s life upside down,’ Tracey wrote.
‘Anyone who knows Melinda knows that she is a fighter who never backs down and who is a generous and caring support to anyone who needs it but now it is her turn and she needs it more than words can express.’