Metastatic Breast Cancer patient Krystal Matsen, 35. Picture: Shae Beplate.
Metastatic Breast Cancer patient Krystal Matsen, 35. Picture: Shae Beplate.

Wonder mum taking on cancer for a FOURTH time

A Townsville mum has emotionally revealed her children are her driving force as she embarks on her fourth battle with an aggressive cancer in just over two years.

Krystal Matsen was first diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in June 2018, and went through radiation therapy and surgery to get it removed in a draining battle.

Devastatingly, just three months later, the cancer turned up in Mrs Matsen's right side and the process started again.

"I had some discomfort under my armpit and I recognised the pain so I got some scans just to make sure," Mrs Matsen said.

"Turned out it was cancer. We did a mastectomy because chemotherapy wasn't working."

After a double mastectomy and a battle which lasted until the end of 2019, the mother of two was informed at the beginning of the year the cancer had turned up in her neck.

Having undergone radiation treatment in April, the 35-year-old finally looked to be in the clear.

Metastatic Breast Cancer patient Krystal Matsen, 35. Picture: Shae Beplate.
Metastatic Breast Cancer patient Krystal Matsen, 35. Picture: Shae Beplate.

But in a cruel blow cancer was recently discovered on Mrs Matsen's liver.

She's determined to beat it once more with the support of her sons, Lucas, 7, and Joshua, 5.

"I want to see my kids grow up. They make me fight," she said.

"Lucas is quite affected by it. We can't do a lot of things that other families can go and do because we have to look after my immune system.

"He can get emotional from it and needs some support. Joshua just thinks it's funny that mummy is going bald again.

"I'm taking it day by day and trying not to look too far into the future.

"I'm just hoping the treatment I'm currently getting stops future growth."

Mrs Matsen said her husband, Kurt, had also been a great support for her as the family recognises a Daffodil Day more significant than any previous.

Metastatic Breast Cancer patient Krystal Matsen, 35. Picture: Shae Beplate.
Metastatic Breast Cancer patient Krystal Matsen, 35. Picture: Shae Beplate.

"I've had a lot of family and friends go through cancer so I always buy daffodils.

"I'm eager for them to find a cure, cancer doesn't discriminate and it's really sad."

Mrs Matsen has called on women of all ages to ensure they don't take their health for granted.

"Trust your instincts with your body, you know your body better than anyone else.

"If you feel something that isn't right, get it checked out," she said.

"I was in the young age bracket and they thought I wouldn't have breast cancer but it turned out I had it and it was quite ­serious."

Originally published as Wonder mum taking on cancer for a FOURTH time



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