In February, Leslie Paurini hurt her shoulder while adjusting her son's car seat.
It was an everyday incident, and she was told by doctors there would be some inflammation and suggested she see a physio.
After months of no improvement, the 36-year-old mum of two was given the devastating diagnosis - it was cancer.
An inoperable gastric cancer had developed into metastatic bone disease, spreading to that sore shoulder and hip, and which has now wrapped around her spine, threatening to leave her paralysed.
Les is determined to fight the illness, but at the same time she is preoccupied with spending time with her kids which they will be able to fondly remember should the worst come to pass.
'Having a young son, my heart was broken for him. The longest we've been apart is a week,' Les said.
'I was also heartbroken for my daughter and wanting to make memories with her.'
Leslie Paurini (pictured), 36, hurt her shoulder adjusting her son's car seat in February 2020 but it was dismissed by doctors as an injury or inflammation and she was told to go to a physiotherapist
She kept going to doctors and was diagnosed with a cancer called metastatic bone disease, which had spread to her spine, hip and shoulder, in July after the cancer originated in her stomach. Pictured: Les with her daughter, 17, and son, four
Despite the seemingly innocuous cause of the shoulder injury, and the initial diagnosis of inflammation, the Auckland woman sensed something was wrong when it took longer to heal than he broken leg she had suffered earlier in life.
So she went to another a doctor and two specialists, and that is when the gravity of her illness was revealed.
She immediately got her affairs in order and how to prepare her two children - aged four and 17 - for what was to come.
Metatastic bone disease is cancer that originates in an organ, such as the stomach or lungs, before it spreads to the sufferer's bones.
Symptoms include:High levels of calcium in blood, leading to nausea and confusion Fragile bones Weakness in the legs Low blood cell count Anemia Loss of urinary or bowel control
The cancer is diagnosed through X-rays, bone scans, CT scans, blood tests and MRIs.
It can be treated with radiation, chemotherapy or surgery,