Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Miracle in Cancerland

Four years ago, Kim in Washington State was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer when she was only 26 years old. She underwent grueling chemo to deal with the tumors that theoretically would destroy her fertility too. Fortunately the chemo worked as far as the tumors were concerned though she will be on Herceptin for the rest of her life to inhibit any further growth. She writes all about this in: Last spring, against all odds, she found herself pregnant. Now herceptin attacks tumor cells that have the her2 antigen on their surface but what would it do to the baby? There were only a few cases out there. The biggest risk was that somehow it affected the amniotic fluid levels: too low of a level could impact the baby's kidneys. As soon as little Anya's lungs were deemed to be mature, they were going to induce, which they did 10/23. Little Anya came out screaming and 'damn cute'. She will go home soon.

1 comment:

Sara Williams said...

Oh Sue, I have tears in my eyes reading this, Anya is a beautiful name too but Grace might have been more appropriate meaning "gift from God". Miracles can happen.


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