Father shares heartbreaking photo of young daughter's cancer battle

Father shares heartbreaking photo of young daughter's cancer battle

CLAYTON-LE-MOORS, ENGLAND (WTVM) - A father in England is sharing his daughter's fight with childhood cancer with the world after doctors told them she only has weeks to live.

Andy Whelan posted a photo of his 4-year-old daughter, Jessica, on a Facebook post reflecting her journey with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer caused by nerve cells that cause tumors.

Jessica was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma in 2015, and her father has been sharing her fight since the diagnosis. He wrote on his daughter's fundraiser website that a trip to the doctor in early October revealed that her cancer is progressing and there's nothing medically that can be done now to help Jessica.

"The conversation with Jessica's oncologist has revealed that in his experience, with the progression he has seen, he believes that Jessica's expected life should now be measured in months rather than anything more," Whelan wrote.

Whelan says now, even in moments where he and her mother can offer no comfort to his daughter when she is in writhing pain, he and her mother can only offer love and to make her comfortable.

As a photographer it is important to capture the truth and the reality of a situation, too easy it becomes to capture the joy of life whilst discarding the torture that we see.

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