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Mum-of-seven with incurable cancer is grateful for time in lockdown

por Roxanna Sweet (2020-06-19)


2f96d35d637fcea924eac0478f4a8d9f_gL8dRy9Alisha Salih with her seven children


A mother-of-seven with terminal breast cancer has written a heartwarming post about how grateful she is for the coronavirus lockdown, saying that it has allowed her to spend 'more time with her babies'

Alisha Salih was 32 weeks pregnant with her youngest son Isaac in 2017 when she was diagnosed with stage four cancer and had a mastectomy, 파워볼 with doctors telling the heartbroken tribe she would have a maximum of 15 years left to live.

Instead of despairing, the Sydney-based mother wrote a bucket list of things she wanted to achieve in that time, including marrying her long-time soulmate Metin Salih in front of their blended family - which she did on November 30, 2019. 

'The silver lining to the current isolation situation is spending time with our babies,' Aisha wrote on Instagram. 

'Day time cuddles whenever we like, being able to teach one another many things through home schooling.

'Never in my life did I think this would be our current situation but I am enjoying the kids showing me just how clever they are and me being able to work with them to help improve areas that they are not academically confident in.'

At the beginning of May she decided to host a 'cooking week' with the children, so that when they finished their school work and a quick 'F45-style workout' together they would all learn to prepare a meal in the kitchen. 

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At the beginning of May she decided to host a 'cooking week' with the children, so that when they finished their school work and a quick 'F45-style workout' together they would all learn to prepare a meal in the kitchen







'I am absolutely loving being able to do both the educational teaching and life skills training with my babies,' she said


'I'm teaching them to make everything from scratch. Tonight we had a Turkish dinner that the girls helped make, including the dough, red pepper paste, yoghurt sauce and the filling,' Alisha said.

'Yesterday the older girls also made their siblings cupcakes with no assistance from me at all.

'I am absolutely loving being able to do both the educational teaching and life skills training with my babies.'

Photos of the children sitting around the kitchen table learning, preparing 'school lunches' and cooking fill proud mum Alisha's social media pages. 

Both Alisha and her partner Metin have three kids each and formed a large family together. 

Metin was a single dad with three girls and Alisha was a single mum with two boys and one girl before they met. 






 Alisha celebrated her 30th birthday on May 23, 2019, only to be surprised by an elaborate proposal from Metin, who knelt down on one knee while she was blindfolded







Alisha Salih married her soul mate Metin in Sydney on November 30 in front of their blended family of seven children (not pictured is their youngest Isaac)







Alisha and Metin exchanged vows in front of close family and friends before releasing a collection of white doves into the sky







Alisha's four girls, one of which is hers biologically, became her bridal party on the day














The stoic mother is still having chemotherapy treatments every three weeks to keep her illness at bay but there has been no change to her overall condition. 

Alisha celebrated her 30th birthday on May 23, 2019, only to be surprised by an elaborate proposal from Metin, who knelt down on one knee while she was blindfolded.

They tied the knot six months later in an intimate ceremony, with their children serving as bridesmaids and groomsmen. 

Alisha gifted the four girls a wedding garter each that was identical to her own and the boys cufflinks that read 'With you always, love you Mum' to be worn during their own nuptials - in the event she wouldn't be there to witness them.   






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Her wedding planner, Antoinette Bakhos, had volunteered to piece the day together for the happy couple







Alisha gifted the four girls a wedding garter each that was identical to her own and the boys cufflinks that read 'With you always, love you Mum' to be worn during their own nuptials







'Although I will do everything I can to be here to watch them all marry, statistics say I won't be,' she wrote on Instagram




Alisha found out she had advanced breast cancer while 32 weeks pregnant with the couple's youngest son Isaac in 2017.

She noticed a lump on her nipple that was initially diagnosed as an abscess caused by a bacterial infection - but it grew back so she decided to have a biopsy. 

This took place on December 19, 2017, and by December 21, four days before Christmas, Alisha was devastated to be told that the lump she had was breast cancer. 

Alisha had to handle this news with a surge of pregnancy hormones and six kids all under the age of 11. 






Alisha found out she had advanced breast cancer while 32 weeks pregnant with Isaac in 2017 (pictured here while pregnant)







 Alisha had to handle this news with a surge of pregnancy hormones and six kids all under the age of 11







At the forefront of her mind was keeping her latest addition to the family as safe and healthy as possible


After being together for four years and sharing their six children Alisha and Metin decided they wanted another child, but it wasn't an easy task. They tried countless times to get pregnant before being told Alisha was likely infertile.

'It wasn't smooth sailing. There was complication after complication with the pregnancy and always fear that the baby wouldn't make it,' friends who set up the family's GoFundMe said. 

'She became a priority at the hospital undergoing continuous monitoring. The pregnancy began to stabilise at around 26 weeks and she was now enjoying this precious moment. She was happy.'






 Isaac's delivery had to be moved forward because chemotherapy had to start as soon as possible



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