My sister was told she had a blocked milk duct, now she’s dead – Archyde

A mother was told she only had a blocked milk duct before doctors found end-stage breast cancer, her grieving brother has revealed.

Doctors discharged Sophie Collins when she was suffering from the most aggressive form of the disease and died in her 20s.

Sophie Collins has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancerPhoto credit: Prime Features Agency

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Her brother wants to share her message with other young women that they too can get cancerPhoto credit: Prime Features Agency

A single mother from Maidstone, Kent, died on January 19 at the age of 26, just 13 months after she was diagnosed with a breast Krebs when she is pregnant with her second baby.

She has spent her last few months doing everything she can to warn other young women that breast cancer can affect them too.

Now her heartbroken brother is sharing his sister’s story, continuing her legacy of using her own illness to raise awareness.

Matthew Collins, 30, says: “Sophie was a wonderful person. Cheerful, friendly and brave. She was very funny and could make me cry with laughter.

“Growing up, we were always inseparable. But after our father died of lymphoma cancer when I was 14 and she was 10, this shared experience of losing a parent at a young age bonded us even more closely than before.”

In September 2020, Sophie was already the mother of Daisy and expecting her second child. One day, as she was getting out of the bathroom, she noticed a lump bulging over her towel at the top of her left breast.

Matthew recalls: “She spoke to our mum and I about it and we both advised her to see a GP.

“But because she was so young and also because she was 10 weeks pregnant with her second daughter at the time, her doctor dismissed the lump as just a blocked milk duct and sent her away with the advice to massage it in warm water.”

As the lump grew, Sophie insisted on a second opinion and was then referred to a breast specialist.

This eventually led to her diagnosis with Stage 3 Triple Negative breast cancer, is considered the most aggressive form of the disease.

In January 2021, Sophie’s left breast was removed. Biopsies then revealed that at least 14 nearby lymph nodes were also cancerous.

Matthew says: “In late March 2021, when she was almost done with her pregnancy, she had her first round of chemotherapy, having previously been reassured that it would not harm her unborn child.

“She gave birth to Delilah on April 14, 2021. A few days later, doctors performed a scan to see if her cancer had spread, which revealed Tumor in her collarbone.”

Sophie, who had previously worked as a housekeeper at a Travelodge, was then told her cancer was terminal and terminal.

She began posting about her cancer on social media, initially seeing it as a way to keep family and friends updated on her health.

But her messages reached many others, and soon she was receiving emails from strangers, including other young women, who feared funding a lump in the breast.

BRAVE FIGHT

Matthew says: “Sophie shared the news on Facebook with everyone she knew that she had cancer because she knew she was going to lose her hair and she wanted to forestall any awkward questions.

“After that very first post, she received a message from a complete stranger, a young woman, asking her what a cancerous lump looks like and feels like because she had found a lump herself.

“Sophie answered her questions and advised the girl to go to the doctor. The girl had her knot tested and got the all-clear.

“It just took off from there. Sophie got messages every day from other young women asking about their experiences and asking for advice.”

“Daisy and Delilah became her forte. All she wanted was more time with her babies. She knew what she wanted and wasn’t willing to commit.”

Tragically, over the next several months, her illness spread relentlessly down her spine, hips, back and chest, despite intensive chemotherapy regimens intended to slow the progression of Sophie’s illness and give her more time.

Matthew said: “In September 2021, she finished her chemo only to find out just three weeks later that the treatment hadn’t worked.

“It was a terrible blow to her and to everyone who loved her.”

Matthew, who works as a visual merchandiser, has set up a fundraising page to bring his sister and nieces to EuroDisney.

“STOLEN BY MOTHER”

Unfortunately, Sophie was never well enough to leave, but the money was used for trips and fun experiences for the girls.

Sophie was supported during her illness by the charity Mummy’s Star – the only charity in the UK and Ireland dedicated to women and their families who have been diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy or within 12 months of giving birth.

For her funeral, she asked for donations to the charity instead of flowers.

Daughters Daisy, now three, and Delilah, now eight months old, are being cared for by their separated fathers.

Matthew says: “Our hearts break for Sophie’s girls. They have been robbed of a mama who would do anything for them. But you should be so proud of her.

“Since Sophie’s death, so many people have messaged us following her posts and commenting on what a lovely and brave person she was. A real fighter. And my god, she fought to her last breath.

“We are a very close family. Sophie’s death leaves a great void in our hearts. But we are so proud of the wonderful woman she was.

“Even though her time and energy were limited and so precious, she gave them up to support and mentor other young women. That says everything about her.”

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The single mother died last month at the age of just 26

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The single mother died last month at the age of just 26Photo credit: Prime Features Agency
She has spent her last few months doing everything she can to warn other young women that breast cancer can affect them too

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She has spent her last few months doing everything she can to warn other young women that breast cancer can affect them tooPhoto credit: Prime Features Agency
She wanted to spend as much time as possible with her children before she tragically died

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She wanted to spend as much time as possible with her children before she tragically diedPhoto credit: Prime Features Agency

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