Jo thought she would never be able to have another child but ended up doing Cancer Research UK's Race for Life with her little miracle baby!
When the 33-year-old was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the pancreas and chest in May 2007, she had doubts whether she would see her first-born Aled grow up, let alone have another child. She had to undergo major surgery, radiotherapy and Chemotherapy and was told the chance of her conceiving naturally would be slim.
When she was diagnosed, Jo was just 27 and at home caring for five-month-old Aled. She said: “Life was extremely tough. I had good days and bad days, but what motivated me to stay positive more than anything was that I knew my son needed a mummy and I was determined to pull through so I could be there for him.”
Although the chemotherapy took some time to work, thanks to her determination and strength of character, Jo was told in September 2008 that the cancer had been destroyed and she could embark on a new chapter of her life. However, she was also told that she shouldn't expect to fall pregnant naturally again.
Not one to sit back and feel sorry for herself, Jo threw herself into charity work and lived life to the full by completing various challenges. She even married her partner of nine-and-a-half years — a day she thought she would never see. But what made 2010 really magical was when she discovered she was pregnant again and Bethan made an unexpected arrival at home in 2011.
Jo says: "I didn't plan to do Race for Life in 2011 having just given birth, but having my little miracle was proof of what Race for life is all about – raising money to one day find a cure.
"Without Cancer Research UK myself and Bethan may not have been here to tell our story. She is proof that you can still have children after cancer so you should never give up hope. She is my little miracle and at the age of one has already completed two Race for Life events! I hope we can be an inspiration to others."