Jessica Pavy was 26 when she was first diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer: Adenocarcinoma of the cervix.
Her daughter Charlotte was two years old and entering the magical phase of toddler-hood. Due to the aggressive form of cancer, Jessica underwent a hysterectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.
She was given the all clear in September, but this was tragically mistaken. Suffering from chronic pain, Jessica was hospitalised again in late October of 2015. She was told the tumors had spread to her pelvic area.
The tumors were pressing up against her nerves, robbing Jessica of her mobility. She was bedridden for months. In April she celebrated her 27th birthday. The community rallied to help her throw a birthday party from the comforts of her mother's home in Winston Hills. There were cakes, mocktails and lots of presents. The doctors had given Jess until July to live, so she was looking forward to celebrating her daughter's third birthday in June.
Jess didn't make it to June. She contracted a kidney infection and her pain grew so intense it needed to be managed medically. She was transferred to Mt Druitt Palliative Care, where she was surrounded by friends and family every day until she passed away on May 10.
After Jess died, Charlotte went to the care of her maternal grandmother, Michelle. Jess was a single mum, and there was no question as to who would look after Charlotte. According to their close family friend Angela, Michelle is "doing what any grandmother would do given the tragic circumstances. She cared for Jess 24/7 until she passed, and looked after the rest of the family. She is an amazing woman."
Michelle has three other children, and two grandchildren including Charlotte. A birthday party given the circumstances seemed out of the question.