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‘They just looked at you with this pity and horror’, a mother’s choice between her and her baby

Fashion journalist Elle Halliwell was faced with a decision no mother should have to make, to save her own life, or her unborn child’s.

In 2016, she was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a rare form of cancer. Just two days later, Elle found out she was pregnant with her first child.

Doctors told her they could end her pregnancy and begin life-saving treatment, or wait for her child to be born, ultimately putting Elle’s own life at risk.

She documents her journey in her new book A Mother’s Choice.

Speaking with Alan Jones, she says the process was “really hard”.

“I realised how hard it was for [my family] to see me going through this.”

She tells Alan what should’ve been a joyous moment, was, in fact, the very opposite.

“Usually people would be so excited for you but instead they just looked at you with this pity and horror.”

Listen to the full interview below