Gina Chick had only known she was pregnant for four days when doctors delivered a devastating warning: 'Terminate the baby or you will die.'
Having been told she could never have kids, the then 40-year-old and her husband Lee were over the moon after learning they had been blessed with the baby they had always wanted.
But the Sydney couple's joy was ripped away from them after a scan revealed a seemingly innocuous lump on Gina's chest was stage three breast cancer.
'Everything froze,' Gina told Daily Mail Australia, recalling the evening call from the doctor in October 2009.
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Gina Chick, 51, is battling a second round of breast cancer 11 and a half years after her first shattering diagnosis
In the days that followed, her doctor, oncologist and breast surgeon all repeated the grim warning that keeping her miracle child would be a death sentence.
Diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, which is fuelled by estrogen, doctors told Gina the gestation would aggravate her illness.
But the mother-to-be was determined to keep her child, and refused to terminate the pregnancy.
'No one was taking my baby away from me. She was only two weeks old, but there was no way I was going to let anyone take her away,' she said.
Her maternal instinct told her there was a way to bring her baby into the world safely, and she hunted down a surgeon willing to treat her throughout her pregnancy.
The new doctor told her that chemotherapy does not harm fetuses, but they tend to be born smaller than average until they catch up by age two.
She resisted chemo for as long as possible, until a blood test three months later showed her cancer cells were high and she was forced to start treatment.
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Gina pictured in 2010 while she was undergoing chemotherapy while pregnant with her daughter, Blaise
'There was a moment of despair, cradling my baby, that I began thinking ''there is no way this can end well'',' Gina, now 51, said.
'It felt like I had liquid metal in my veins. Everything gets so slow and heavy. But I made it through that night, and she was still kicking in the morning.
'And I thought, maybe this will be OK.'
After four gruelling rounds of chemotherapy, Gina was able to enjoy the last two months of pregnancy before giving birth to a healthy baby girl, Blaise, on June 23, 2010. Neither had hair at the