Journalist Elle Halliwell has offered audiences a glimpse into the reality of refusing cancer treatment while pregnant in an exclusive interview with 60 Minutes.
The 30-year-old told the program she was forced to choose between undergoing chemotherapy to save her own life, or refusing it to save the life of her unborn child.
Halliwell discovered she was pregnant only 48 hours after she was diagnosed with Leukaemia in April this year.
The News Corp fashion editor told 60 Minutes host Allison Langdon the experience has taken her face-to-face with the very real possibility of death.
“I’ve thought about dying and it didn’t scare me as much as I thought it would. I don’t why, I don’t know why,” she said.
“But I kind of thought, you know, ‘I’ve lived a really great, amazing life, and I’m bringing life into the world now. And if all goes well, then that’s amazing. And if it doesn’t, you know, I’ve done my best and, you know, it’s not meant to be.'”
Halliwell said news of the pregnancy lacked the usual joy one would associate with expecting a child.
"I just thought, 'That poor life inside me, living in this sick body.' I thought it had no hope anyway," she said.
"I didn’t really think too far ahead, because I thought, 'How can something survive in a body that has leukaemia?'"
Halliwell and husband Nick Biasotto have since learned they are expecting a son. The soon-to-be mother shared how carrying her future son has been surprisingly smooth despite the larger situation.
"I kind of almost feel like he knows, he’s giving me a bit of a break. He’s like, 'You’re dealing with enough stuff, I’m going to be a really easy baby, at least until I come out.'
"And then we’ll see, we’ll see what he’s like. I have a feeling he’s going to have his dad’s energy," she said.