Alisha Salih with her seven children
A mother of seven children with terminal breast cancer has written a heartwarming post about how grateful she is for blocking the coronavirus and says 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 4 cancer and had a mastectomy. Doctors told the heartbroken tribe that she would have up to 15 years to live.
Rather than despair, the Sydney mom wrote a bucket list of things she wanted to accomplish at the time, including marrying her old soulmate Metin Salih for their mixed family – which she did on November 30, 2019.
“The silver lining of the current isolation situation is spending time with our babies,” Aisha wrote Instagram.
‘Cuddling during the day whenever we want, can teach each other many things through home education.
“Never in my life did I think this would be our current situation, but I enjoy that the kids show me how smart they are and that I can work with them to help improve areas they are not academically confident of.”
At the beginning of May she decided to organize a ‘cooking week’ with the children, so that after their schoolwork and a quick ‘F45-style workout’ they would learn to prepare a meal in the kitchen.
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At the beginning of May she decided to organize a ‘cooking week’ with the children, so that after their schoolwork and a quick ‘F45-style workout’ they would learn to prepare a meal in the kitchen
“I absolutely love that I can do both education and life skills training with my babies,” she said
“I teach them to make everything from scratch. Tonight we had a Turkish dinner that the girls helped make, including the dough, the red pepper paste, the yogurt sauce and the filling, ‘said Alisha.
Yesterday, the older girls also made their siblings cupcakes without any help from me.
“I absolutely love that I can do both educational and life skills training with my babies.”
Photos of the children sitting around the kitchen table, preparing ‘school lunches’ and cooking fill the social media pages of proud mother Alisha.
Both Alisha and her partner Metin each have three children and together formed a large family.
Metin was a single father with three girls and Alisha was a single mother with two boys and a girl before they met.
Alisha celebrated her 30th birthday on May 23, 2019, but was surprised by a comprehensive proposal from Metin, who knelt on her knee while blindfolded
Alisha Salih married her soulmate Metin in Sydney on November 30 for their mixed family of seven (not pictured is their youngest Isaac)
Alisha and Metin exchanged vows for close family and friends before releasing a collection of white doves into the air
Alisha’s four girls, one of whom is organic, became her bridal party that day
The stoic mother still undergoes chemotherapy treatments every three weeks to keep her illness at bay, but her overall condition hasn’t changed.
Alisha celebrated her 23rd birthday on May 23, 2019, but was surprised by a comprehensive proposal from Metin, who knelt while blindfolded.
Six months later they tied the knot in an intimate ceremony, with their children as bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Alisha each gave the four girls wedding stockings that were identical to her own and the boys’ cufflinks that read ‘With you always, love you Mum’ to wear during their own wedding – just in case she wouldn’t be around them to see .
Her wedding planner, Antoinette Bakhos, had volunteered to spend the day together for the happy couple
Alisha each gave the four girls wedding stockings identical to her own and the boys’ cufflinks that read ‘With you always, love you Mum’ to wear during their own wedding.
“ While I will do everything I can to be here to see them all get married, the statistics say I won’t be, ” she wrote on Instagram
Alisha discovered that she had advanced breast cancer while in 2017 she was 32 weeks pregnant with the youngest son Isaac.
She noticed a nodule 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 learn that the tumor she had was breast cancer.
Alisha coped with the news with a wave of pregnancy hormones and six children under eleven.
Alisha discovered she had advanced breast cancer while she was 32 weeks pregnant with Isaac in 2017 (pictured here during pregnancy)
Alisha coped with the news with a wave of pregnancy hormones and six children under eleven
At the forefront of her mind, she kept 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 was not an easy task. They tried to get pregnant countless times before being told that Alisha was probably infertile.
“It didn’t go smoothly. There was complication after complication in pregnancy and always worried that the baby wouldn’t make it, “friends who set up the family GoFundMe said.
She became a hospital priority and was monitored continuously. The pregnancy started to stabilize around 26 weeks and she was now enjoying this precious moment. She was happy. “
Isaac’s delivery had to be postponed because chemotherapy had to start as soon as possible
What is Alisha’s bucket list?
• Take the family on their first trip abroad (Fiji or Bali)
• Have the opportunity to marry Metin for our children
• Swim with large turtles
• Participate in a figure competition
• Learn to speak another language
• Slow dance in the sunset after a romantic dinner
• Prepare and teach our children everything about life, protect them, help them through all their problems, from friends, to the first heartbreak to get them ready for formals and high school diplomas
• Take the kids horseback riding
• Drive the Great Ocean Road and visit the hot springs with Metin
• Take the children to the Royal Easter Show for the first time
Just then Alisha noticed something unusual on her chest and her whole world was changing.
After 33 weeks, Alisha had a mastectomy with all precautions to keep the baby safe.
She had two weeks to heal before undergoing a caesarean section 35 weeks before the birth of her son.
Chemotherapy started three weeks later.
“Beautiful baby Isaac was born on February 8, 2019. With the challenges of six children, now seven, raising a newborn and trying to control your health, you would think that would be enough,” GoFundMe continued.
“The cancer is stage four and has spread and spread to her liver. In fact, this is the end of the line, and 90 percent of metastatic cancers end in death.
“Doctors don’t have definitive answers about how long she is left, but the goal now is to extend her life with ongoing treatment.”
“Beautiful baby Isaac was born on February 8, 2019. With the challenges of six children, now seven, raising a newborn and trying to control your health, you would think that would be enough,” said the GoFundMe
Alisha’s prognosis is unknown – but she hopes she can live as long as 15 years with the right treatment
Alisha’s bucket list, which she made after learning the fatal diagnosis, is full of promising adventures, including riding the kids, teaching them life skills, and traveling along the Great Ocean Road.
Although Alisha’s prognosis is unknown, with the right treatment, she hopes she could live up to 15 years.
You can donate to Alisha and her family and help her live out her dreams about her GoFundMe.