Nermina Pieters-Mekic was pregnant when was told she had cancer.
‘The Real Housewives of Cheshire’ star - who is already mother to her two-year-old daughter Alaya with her West Bromwich Albion footballer husband Erik Pieters, 35 - was in the “unthinkable position” of having to terminate her pregnancy when she discovered she had a very aggressive form of stage three breast cancer.
The 33-year-old TV star told OK! magazine: “I was pregnant when I found out I had cancer, it broke my heart we couldn’t keep the baby – nobody should ever find themselves in that unthinkable position.
“One night when I couldn’t sleep I sat in Alaya’s nursery. I looked at her height chart on the wall, and thought, ‘What if I’m not here to witness this in a few years? What if I don’t see her grow up?’ They couldn’t do all the checks [cancer tests] because I was pregnant so I kept thinking, ‘I’ll never forgive myself for not seeing Alaya grow up.’”
Nermina - who first shared the news of her diagnosis on Instagram - didn’t in her “wildest dreams” think she would ever find herself in this position.
She said: “I never in my wildest dreams thought this would happen to me. I never get ill, I eat a good diet, I exercise with my horses, I barely drink, I’m very healthy. But cancer doesn’t discriminate. "One in seven women will get breast cancer in their lifetime, and a lot of those will be young women.
“It’s easy to think ‘it won’t happen to me’, but it can happen to anyone – I’m proof of that. I need women to check themselves, and be checked.”
The brunette beauty - who first appeared on the ITVBe reality series in 2017 - shared the heartbreaking health update on social media.
Nermina wrote in the caption of a post: "And just like that my life changed forever. A few months ago I felt a lump in my left breast and I decided to see a GP who didn’t seem overly concerned. After some convincing from my Mom- I decided to investigate it further as the lump was getting sore and growing. I’m so grateful that I did because on the 10th of July I got diagnosed with an early stage aggressive breast cancer."
"I will never be able to describe how I felt that day and the days after that. My heart was broken, I was scared and I had so many questions.. I’m healthy and fit so how is this possible for someone of my age?!”