So Sad…Colton Haynes shared some devastating news with his fans on Tuesday.

The Arrow actor, 29, revealed his mother, Dana Haynes, has advanced cirrhosis of the liver and is in kidney failure. Without a new liver, Dana’s condition is terminal.

Despite receiving the heartbreaking news, the actor said his mother chose to face it head on and “laugh.”

“My mom, Dana, always loves to laugh. Even when her liver & kidney doctors gave us the worst news you could get, my mom looked at us and said, “The best thing to do in these situations is to laugh.” She then chuckled so loud you could hear it to the other end of the hospital,” Haynes wrote in the caption.

In the detailed explanation, Colton calls his mother “strong” and “funny” and said they are moving her over to hospice care to keep her comfortable since the doctor said they should focus on her quality of life rather than quantity. The actor also revealed that he and his siblings, who are all around the country, have been taking turns to be with her and have also hired a full time nurse, which has been paid for after a GoFundMe page was set up and reached its goal. He also said any extra donations on the page will go toward the American Liver Foundation to help others going through similar situations.
While her diagnosis would be cured with a liver transplant, Haynes said “she doesn’t have that much time to wait for a new liver.”

My mom, Dana, always loves to laugh. Even when her liver & kidney doctors gave us the worst news you could get, my mom looked at us and said, “The best thing to do in these situations is to laugh.” She then chuckled so loud you could hear it to the other end of the hospital. That’s my mom. Shes funny, bull headed, & strong. My mom has been in and out of the hospital since January. After multiple tests we found out she actually has advanced cirrhosis of the liver & kidney failure. A diagnosis that can be cured with a liver transplant.. however..that bad news I mentioned before was that she doesn’t have that much time to wait for a new liver. The doctors suggested that we now focus on my mother’s quality of life rather than quantity of life. It’s heartbreaking. My strong mother has always been the anchor of this family and our best friend. Now we’re being forced to say goodbye to her. So with that horrible news from “Dr. Doom” (a name my mom came up for him) my family has set up steps to make mom comfortable. We set up in home hospice care so she can be home with her boyfriend, Gary, and her beloved cat, Fasa. Hospice care is covered by my moms insurance 100%. As well as nurses visits on a “need be” basis. A personal in home nurse that can be there 24/7, however, is not covered and would need to be paid out of pocket. My siblings and family are spread out around the country and world. We’ve been taking turns flying out when we can to help but it’s not enough. My brother wanted to do his part to help with the expense of hiring a full time nurse & guess what…the gofundme goal has been reached to pay for Amity Home Care in Hemet California! Now that the goal has been reached…every single penny we raise over the goal from today on will be donated to the American Liver Foundation to help others who are going through this horrible disease. It would mean the world to my family & I if we could make a massive donation to this incredible organization. Thank y’all for listening & sending all the love to my beautiful momma. Donation link in my bio ❤❤❤

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“The doctors suggested that we now focus on my mother’s quality of life rather than quantity of life,” he wrote. “It’s heartbreaking. My strong mother has always been the anchor of this family and our best friend. Now we’re being forced to say goodbye to her.”
“My strong mother has always been the anchor of this family and our best friend,” his caption continued. “Now we’re being forced to say goodbye to her.” Colton’s post was met a ton of support and well wishes for him and his family. Many responded with prayers and reminders for him to stay strong. Colton also posted a sweet photo of him with his mom while she was in her hospital bed just hours earlier and in it, he’s looking down at her with a kissing face.

Haynes’ rep told PEOPLE the actor would not commenting further on his mom’s condition, other than what he said in his social media post.

We are sending many warm wishes to Colton and his family during this difficult time.

Mom…you are the strongest person I’ve ever met. We love you

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