The sister of beloved Aussie actor Samuel Johnson has made the heartbreaking decision to end her cancer treatment.
40-year-old Connie Johnson has been battling the disease on and off since the age of 11, and now, after a double mastectomy and gruelling rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, the side effects have become too much for the brave mum-of-two.
Connie was first diagnosed with bone cancer aged 11 and then went on to discover a tumour in her womb at 22 and was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago.
Speaking to the Canberra Times, the mum said: 'So that's 10 to 11 years of cancer treatment in a 40-year lifespan and I guess my organs are just saying, "No more. No more"
'Basically, it wasn't my choice. I can't have any more chemo medically. So that's a game changer,' she said.
'I asked what to expect and at some point the tumours will grow back and grow bigger and I'll go into liver failure and I'll sleep a lot. Apparently it's quite peaceful.'
Samuel and Connie – who with just one year between them have been inseparable since childhood – co-founded the charity Love Your Sister, which aims to raise money and raise breast cancer awareness.
Over 2013 - 2014 Samuel, raised over one and a half million dollars by uni-cycling across Australia - breaking the then-Guinness World Record for the most distance travelled on a one wheeler.
And now, Connie hopes to make another one million dollars for breast cancer awareness and research and on May 10th the Big heart Priject.
The campaign has been collecting five cent coins and on the day will use to them to form a giant love heart.
‘This will be my last hurrah,’ said Connie.