Mother suspected cancer was actually a ‘miracle’ pregnancy

Janie Furner, 45, had researched her symptoms on the web and suspected she had cancer of the ovaries.

A mother who went to the doctors to see if she had cancer was horrified to find that she was actually 17 weeks pregnant. Janie Furner, 45, has been reintroduced to the world of diapers, breastfeeding, and sleepless nights, two decades after her first and only child.

With her 20-year-old daughter Mia flees the nest earlier this year, both Furner and husband, Gary, 43, was looking forward to entering a new chapter of their lives.

The couple, of Graines, Essex, had even booked a luxurious 5-star all-inclusive holiday to Greece and started to look at the next chapter of their life before retirement.


But in April, Furner noticed she was still nauseous. Believe she had a cyst on her ovary, Furner went to her doctor, who then referred her for a scan. But a week later during an ultrasound, Furner was told that they didn’t have cancer and was instead almost halfway through the pregnancy of her second child.

The couple, together 22 years, are now readjusting to life with a newborn, two decades after their firstborn.

“I completely forgot about the fatigue that comes with a newborn baby,” Furner, a teaching assistant, said. “I’m back to the sleepless nights, endless diaper changing and breastfeeding. I have no photos of my years to the way it is, but I am now in Christmas with my miracle baby.”


The have burden of the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) all her life, Furner was always told that her chances of conceiving were incredibly smart.

After some problems with the conception of her daughter Mia two decades ago, the couple resigned themselves to the fact that they only have one child.

“I Googled my symptoms as you do and it was all pointing to cancer of the ovaries,” she said. “I had a bad back, I was constantly needing the toilet and was off my food. The mention of it now, it seems so obvious that I was pregnant. But I only have two periods a year, so I’m really not fruitful. It’s just never crossed my mind that I would be.”

“I walked in the doctor’s office fearing the worst,” she said. “I hadn’t even told Gary what I was going for. He drove me there and assumed I had women to solve.”

Oliver, who was born in October, celebrates his first Christmas with his parents and his 20-year-old sister, Mia.

“I was just in complete shock,” she said, reported that she was pregnant. “When I went to the first appointment with the doctor felt my stomach. There was no mention of a pregnancy. You would think that if I was 17 weeks gone, he suggested it. So I was fearing the worst and I heard this.”

“Gary stood outside with a cigarette in the time,” Furner recalled. “He is a bit of a joker so when the nurse went to him and said: “I think you better come’, he joked: “I thought you were going to tell me that she was pregnant’. We walked out of there like a couple of zombies.”

“We were just getting ready to start a new chapter of our lives and then we were treated with this bombshell,” she said. “We waited a few weeks to the telling of Mia. She was in Turkey at the time, so we arranged to have a Skype call. I was quite nervous how she would take it, but she burst into tears.”

“Luckily, they were tears of joy – she said that she always wanted a little brother or sister,” she said. “Because of the age difference she is more a mother to him.”

Baby Oliver was born in October at 36 weeks via cesarean section weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces.

“I have noticed Janie was always a little bit bigger, but it was nothing worth pointing out,” Gary said. “A baby was just not on the radar. We are 20 years without Janine to become pregnant again. Then we went to the doctors that I didn’t even consider it as an option. I thought it was impossible. It took a few days for it to sink in, but as soon as I get my head around I thought it was an incredible timing.”

Last October, Gary lost his father Philip of a short illness with pancreatic cancer, which proved difficult last Christmas. But with the surprise arrival of his son, Gary, said he’s looking forward to the celebration of the feasts.


“Last Christmas was really hard, because it was the first without my father,” he said. “He was told by doctors that it was quite serious and 16 days later we lost him. And almost a year on the day of the loss of my father, I welcomed the son I never imagined that I would have in the world. He is like a little miracle sent from heaven.”

“One of Oliver’s middle name is Philip,” he added. “Although he is small, in fact, that he looks like my old man. I snapped my tendon a few weeks back, so I have worked with. It is fun to be able to spend time with Oliver, but at the same time, I am not able to hold him.”

“That being said, I have out of changing his diapers,” he said. “I’ll be sure to make it to Janie as she needs.”

Now nine weeks old, Oliver is about to celebrate his first Christmas with Furner, Gary and Mia.

“We will be with my parents, my brother and sister and their children,” Furner said. “It will be a lot of fun with 13 of us. We have Ollie a large orangutan hand puppet for Christmas. I keep telling everyone that he doesn’t know Christmas and to save their money, but I know that he is incredibly spoilled.”

“I’m honestly over the moon,” Gary said. “We are a little bit older and are totally exhausted but it is great doing the whole daddy thing again. Now I have someone to carry on the family name. I’m not religious, but he couldn’t have come at a better time. He is our little Christmas miracle.”

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