Heidi Loughlin chose life for her baby girl while suffering from an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2015.
The British mother rejected her doctors’ advice to have an abortion, believing her baby’s life was too valuable to end prematurely. Now, she is the target of hateful comments online.
Loughlin, who is battling terminal cancer, blogs about her journey online. Somerset Live reports she recently decided to share about the hateful comments she receives in hopes of helping others who are targets of internet trolls.
“I have such a lovely group of supporters, there was no way this person was going to bring me down,” she said. “But I did want to share their comments to help other women who might be targeted.”
Her attitude remains positive despite her long, heartbreaking journey. Loughlin’s daughter, Ally Louise Smith, died several days after she was born in December 2015. Loughlin herself still is battling Stage 4 cancer while trying to raise two young sons.
While she has won a legion of fans, others have been abusing her with one cruelly claiming her ‘godawful choices led directly to Ally’s death.’ Heidi, from Portishead, Bristol, who is also mum to Noah, five, and Tait, four, recalled how one troll had called the terminally-ill mum a ‘selfish, lying, miserable excuse for a mother.’
The troll, writing under the moniker Kitty Meijer, commented on Heidi’s latest blog post last week, writing: ‘You didn’t even gave that child a chance.’
The troll also wrote: “Thank God Ally got taken away from you, you selfish, lying, miserable excuse for a mother and human being. You made your cancer bed, now lie in it and die.”
Loughlin said she decided not to take down the hateful comments but instead to use them as an example of how cruel people on the internet can be.
“I think the word troll doesn’t really go far enough, they are almost emotional terrorists,” she said. “They are obviously very sad people who want to make other people feel sad like them. I think they might look at me and everything I’ve been through and think it’s unfair that I can feel happy but they are clearly not.”
When doctors diagnosed Loughlin with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2015, they suggested that she have an abortion before starting cancer treatment. She refused the abortion and treatment both, in a risky but selfless move to save her unborn daughter.
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After doctors watched Loughlin’s cancer progress, they encouraged her to give birth early so that she could begin cancer treatments, according to The Express. They warned that she could die otherwise.
Louglin agreed hesitantly. She said she was “really scared” about the risks of giving birth prematurely to her daughter. On Dec. 12, Ally came out of the womb “crying and kicking,” her mother said.
Eight days later, however, Ally developed an infection and died, according to the report.
A few days later, he mother wrote a poem that included the following lines:
“I whisper your name and it drifts on the breeze. The pain in my body and heart and my soul,
“Feels it will consume me and leave me un-whole. Your brothers will honour you in all that they do,
“We forever have three children, not just two, I will try to heal for you, and my body unfurl.
“You’ll be always beside me our beautiful girl.”