Danielle Diehm suffered her first ‘attack’ from multiple sclerosis in December 2012.
The then 32-year-old’s right leg suddenly became weak and ordinary sensations started to feel muddled.
“I couldn’t tell the difference between hot and cold, between sharp and blunt,” she told Mamamia.
It was her first experience of the incurable disease known for its ability to wreak havoc on the central nervous system and came two months after her shock diagnosis.
But the Gold Coast woman simply got on with things and not long after fell pregnant with her child, a son named Teva.
Unfortunately, things were not simple, however, and Danielle developed a rare pregnancy complication which meant her little boy had to be delivered at 31 weeks, weighing a tiny 1.2kg.
Three surgeries and three years later, Teva is a happy, healthy toddler but his mum is still in the midst of her own, worsening health battle.
In May 2015, Danielle was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma - a rare form of cancer in her cervix - while her second child, a daughter named Tehani, was just four months old.