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Heartbreaking story of mom who chooses to die so that her daughter can live

The Joice Family
The Joice Family
Joice Family

(March 31, 2014, Alexandria,LA)-We have all seen it, and most of us have reshared it. A post or photo that goes around social media saying I would die for my child or something to that effect. Well, one New York mother has had to face that dilemma, and she chose to do just that.

Elizabeth Joice, a cancer patient, made the selfless decision to give up her life in order for her daughter to live.

Joice's doctors told her she could not have children, but last year her miracle came. Not long after Elizabeth and her husband Max was heartbroken to find out that they could either "terminate the pregnancy and begin treatment — or put her life in danger."

Elizabeth did not have to think long about her decision.

Max Joice made a statement to The Post sating, “Having a kid was one of the most important things in the world to her."

Elizabeth then said, ‘If we terminate the pregnancy and it turns out I can’t have a baby I'll be devastated.

Elizabeth Joice and her husband Max say that they recall the day that they became engaged.

“The day the doctors called us with the results is also the day I proposed to her,” Max said. “Elizabeth said, ‘If it’s terminal, I’m not even going to fight. Let’s travel the world until I keel over.” Max made his new fiance a ring made from tin-foil, and they were married a month later.

Elizabeth, 36,endured 4 rounds of chemo, 1 surgery and even then more chemo in order to make sure that the tumor was completely eradicated. For 3 years she lived cancer free, and a month after becoming pregnant she learned that her cancer had returned. Though the tumor was removed, she could not undergo the needed testing to see if and how her cancer was growing because of her pregnancy.

Lily was due March 4, but an emergency cesarean delivered baby Lily in January.

Elizabeth declined rapidly because of the intensity of her cancer and its rapid spreading throughout her abdomen, heart and lung.

Max said, “We said our goodbyes; It was like something out of a movie. We sat there and cried. We tried to tell stories, talk about all the great things.” He went on to say that “Liz came home five days after Lily was born, so that one night at home was all we had.”

Elizabeth passed away on March 9, 2014 with her husband laying beside her in her hospital bed.

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