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Couple face leaving young kids without parents – after they were BOTH diagnosed with terminal cancer

A couple have told how they face leaving their young kids without parents – after they were both diagnosed with terminal cancer.

British Adam Graveley, 38, met Australian wife Caitlin, 39, when he went travelling Down Under.

He managed to secure a good job and they sponsored him to stay and after tying the knot they had two kids.

But now the couple, who live in Perth, have both been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer – just three months apart.

They are are faced with the prospect of leaving kids Thea, two, and four-month-old Fearn – without a mum and dad.

British Adam Graveley, 38, and Australian wife Caitlin, 39, have both been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer - just three months apart

British Adam Graveley, 38, and Australian wife Caitlin, 39, have both been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer - just three months apart

British Adam Graveley, 38, and Australian wife Caitlin, 39, have both been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer – just three months apart

Adam met Australian Caitlin, 39, when he went travelling Down Under, and after tying the knot they had two kids (pictured, together)

Adam met Australian Caitlin, 39, when he went travelling Down Under, and after tying the knot they had two kids (pictured, together)

Adam met Australian Caitlin, 39, when he went travelling Down Under, and after tying the knot they had two kids (pictured, together)

Caitlin was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer in November – after suffering pain she thought was due to her pregnancy.

And then tragically Adam was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer on February 4.

The family, who are urging people to attend screenings, want to use their story to raise awareness of aggressive cancers that start in the under 40s.

Adam’s British sister, Emma Reynolds, 41, from Abbeymead, Gloucestershire, says her and the rest of the family can’t visit them until April.

A fundraiser has been set up to support the family whilst they go through their treatment.

‘I don’t think you’ll ever be able to understand why or process both of them,’ explained Emma.

Adam's British sister, Emma Reynolds, 41, from Abbeymead, Gloucestershire, says her and the rest of the family can't visit them until April. Pictured, Adam & Caitlin with his sisters Emma & Vicki

Adam's British sister, Emma Reynolds, 41, from Abbeymead, Gloucestershire, says her and the rest of the family can't visit them until April. Pictured, Adam & Caitlin with his sisters Emma & Vicki

Adam’s British sister, Emma Reynolds, 41, from Abbeymead, Gloucestershire, says her and the rest of the family can’t visit them until April. Pictured, Adam & Caitlin with his sisters Emma & Vicki

‘You just have to live with it – sometimes I talk about it and I’m detaching myself from it as I do.

‘We’re hoping and praying every day that the treatment they’re getting works, and that they’ve got years rather than months.

‘The hope is to raise awareness because they’re so young, and how suddenly your life can be sent into absolute turmoil.’

Adam a graphic designer, was born in Solihull, but grew up in Farnham, Surrey.

He went travelling in March 2007 – with a view to return home eventually – until he met ‘Cait’ in 2009 through online dating.

Landscape architect Cait grew up in Western Australia and they got married on December 7, 2014 at Perth town hall.

Caitlin went to hospital for a colonoscopy last November and diagnosed with bowel cancer – which has now spread to her liver.

The couple are faced with the prospect of leaving kids Thea (pictured), two, and four-month-old Fearn - without a mum and dad

The couple are faced with the prospect of leaving kids Thea (pictured), two, and four-month-old Fearn - without a mum and dad

The couple are faced with the prospect of leaving kids Thea (pictured), two, and four-month-old Fearn – without a mum and dad

Caitlin was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer in November - after suffering pain she thought was due to her pregnancy. Pictured, with Adam and Thea

Caitlin was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer in November - after suffering pain she thought was due to her pregnancy. Pictured, with Adam and Thea

Caitlin was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer in November – after suffering pain she thought was due to her pregnancy. Pictured, with Adam and Thea

She gave birth to her second child, Fearn, on October 14 2020 but had continuous abdominal pain that turned out to be a tumour on her colon.

Sister-in-law Emma said: ‘It was absolutely devastating. The tumour in her colon was quite large so they reckon she’d had it for over a year and a half, but because she was pregnant it could’ve masked the pain.

‘She did say, looking back, she did have abdominal cramps but she thought it was to do with pregnancy.’

Emma says Adam was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer on February 4 after getting pains in his side.

Hospitality worker Emma said: ‘His wife was diagnosed in November so he’d been quite stressed but he had no other symptoms.

‘We thought it was just going to be a stomach ulcer or his appendix.’

Early scans showed he had two large masses on his pancreas and liver – the result of pancreatic cancer that had developed for over a year. The location of the tumour meant Adam had no symptoms until it spread to his liver.

‘His liver is covered in lesions,’ explained Emma. ‘It’s the worst cancer you can get which is pancreatic cancer, it was just awful.’

Tragically Adam (pictured, with daughter, Fearn) was then diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer on February 4.

Tragically Adam (pictured, with daughter, Fearn) was then diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer on February 4.

Tragically Adam (pictured, with daughter, Fearn) was then diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer on February 4.

The family want to use their story to raise awareness of aggressive cancers that start in the under 40s. Pictured, Adam, Caitlin and daughter, Thea

The family want to use their story to raise awareness of aggressive cancers that start in the under 40s. Pictured, Adam, Caitlin and daughter, Thea

The family want to use their story to raise awareness of aggressive cancers that start in the under 40s. Pictured, Adam, Caitlin and daughter, Thea

He started an experimental chemotherapy drug trial two days later that is extremely aggressive.

Emma said: ‘His first week he was very poorly but this is his second week now and is completely wiped out.

‘He can’t even concentrate, it’s hard to engage with anyone, it’s just like you’re so vacant, you’re just so tired.’

Caitlin’s tumour was removed and now has chemotherapy to kill the inoperable cancer on her liver, which all started within the first four weeks after Fearn was born.

The new born had to be rushed to be bottle-fed, as Caitlin couldn’t continue breastfeeding, and for a time she wouldn’t accept the bottle.

The couple travel together for their weekly chemotherapy sessions, and rely on the help of their friends and relatives to maintain their family life.

Early scans showed Adam (pictured, with daughter Thea_ had two large masses on his pancreas and liver - the result of pancreatic cancer that had developed for over a year

Early scans showed Adam (pictured, with daughter Thea_ had two large masses on his pancreas and liver - the result of pancreatic cancer that had developed for over a year

Early scans showed Adam (pictured, with daughter Thea_ had two large masses on his pancreas and liver – the result of pancreatic cancer that had developed for over a year

The location of the tumour meant Adam had no symptoms until it spread to his liver. Pictured, with sisters Emma and Vicki

The location of the tumour meant Adam had no symptoms until it spread to his liver. Pictured, with sisters Emma and Vicki

The location of the tumour meant Adam had no symptoms until it spread to his liver. Pictured, with sisters Emma and Vicki

A fundraiser has been set up to support the family whilst they go through their treatment. Pictured, Adam with his baby daughter

A fundraiser has been set up to support the family whilst they go through their treatment. Pictured, Adam with his baby daughter

A fundraiser has been set up to support the family whilst they go through their treatment. Pictured, Adam with his baby daughter

Emma said: ‘They’ve had enormous generosity – people do food parcels, cook things, they’ve had people pay for cleaner to come in, people offering to help with the kids.

‘Helen, who is the Grandma, she will be there in the day and looks after Fearn when Caitlin has a scan, but they do try and have Fearn over a lot to alleviate pressure.

‘It is conflicting for Caitlin she gets very upset because her maternal instincts, but it’s weighing up what’s best for their health.’ 

‘The hope is to raise awareness because they’re so young, and how suddenly your life can be sent into absolute turmoil,’ explained Emma.

‘They were very into fitness and health, they eat organic, but it’s hit them both so hard.

‘As far as we were aware and they were aware there were no health concerns.’

You can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/adamandcait

Source: Daily Mail |World News

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