This is the emotional moment a 21-year-old single mother rang the bell to celebrate being cancer free, while cradling her toddler son in her arms.
Chloe Todd, from Newcastle, was diagnosed with leukaemia in June 2020 and vowed to beat the disease so she could watch her son Dominic, now three, grow up.
Doctors warned that chemotherapy might not be enough to save her but Chloe beat the odds to survive and believes it was thanks to her determination to be there for her son.
This is the emotional moment 21-year-old mother Chloe Todd rang the bell to celebrate being cancer free, while cradling her toddler son in her arms
Chloe, pictured after having her head shaved, was diagnosed with leukaemia in June 2020 and vowed to beat the disease so she could watch her son Dominic, now three, grow up
Doctors warned that chemotherapy might not be enough to save her but Chloe beat the odds to survive and believes it was thanks to her determination to be there for her son. Pictured, Chloe with son Dominic during treatment
In March 2021, following intensive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, Chloe was able to ring the cancer-free bell.
She said: ‘I knew I had to stay alive for my little boy. I was never going to let it kill me, even though doctors didn’t expect me to make it though.
‘All I could think about was the fact that I needed to bring him up and he needed his mum there to watch him grow up. It was extremely difficult, but he was the one that got me through this. Without him, I honestly don’t think I would have made it.
‘So to have him there in my arms when I rang the bell to declare that I was now cancer free was amazing. He jumped up so I could hold him and covered me in kisses. I felt so powerful because I’d survived something that was supposed to kill me.’
In February 2020, Chloe began experiencing frequent infections, night sweats, dizziness and bruises, and after researching her symptoms, believed she might have leukaemia.
In February 2020, Chloe began experiencing frequent infections, night sweats, dizziness and bruises, and after researching her symptoms, believed she might have leukaemia. She was diagnosed four months later. Pictured, Chloe during treatment
Dominic helping his mother Chloe with her medication during her treatment. She said her son was a constant source of support throughout her cancer journey
Chloe stayed positive throughout the entire journey and didn’t let any negative thoughts enter her head. Pictured, having her head shaved in hospital during treatment
Chloe continued: ‘I called 111 and told them that I thought I had leukaemia and I really needed my bloods done. It was during the pandemic so it was harder to be seen.
‘I managed to finally get my bloods tested in June 2020, and I got a call back the same day to tell me I needed to go straight to the hospital.
‘My first response was to ask if I was going to die. When I arrived my diagnosis was confirmed and I told them I had a little boy, who was one at the time, who needs his mum.
Chloe said Dominic always pretend plays as a doctor and wants to check his mother is healthy. Pictured, mother and son share a moment in hospital during treatment
Chloe said she was determined to beat the disease so she could be there for her son, now three. Pictured, Chloe crouches down to give Dominic a cuddle in hospital
‘My mum was then allowed to come to the hospital but I didn’t want to be there when she heard the news, but I could hear her crying from another room.
‘I had a bone marrow biopsy to find out how bad the cancer was, and I was told that it was extremely bad and they didn’t think that chemotherapy would help me.
‘They agreed that I should try intensive chemo and a bone marrow transplant, from an unrelated donor, to increase my chances of survival.’
Chloe believes that it is down to her sheer determination to stay alive for her son that she is still here today.
She stayed positive throughout the entire journey and didn’t let any negative thoughts enter her head.
Chloe held Dominic in her arms as she rang the bell to celebrate being cancer free last year
The powerful moment was captured in a video. Chloe said she believes her son is the reason she is cancer free today
Chloe said: ‘After another bone marrow biopsy last year to check that the treatments had worked, I was declared cancer free and was able to ring the bell.
‘If I didn’t have something to fight for then I wouldn’t be here without him, that’s for sure. I think that seeing me so poorly has made him so much more caring and know that life isn’t always easy.
‘He always pretends to be a doctor and asks if I am better. He also used to stroke my bald head when I was going through treatment. He’s so sweet.
‘Being a single parent while being poorly and even now, as I am dealing with side effects, but even on the worst days I still get up and be a mum.
‘Even when cancer was taking over my entire body. It was the only thing that got me through, and I truly believe it was the reason I am cancer-free today.’