Woman Gets Incredible, Unexpected News The Day Before Cancer Surgery
Mary Harris was ready for a second child with husband Mark Ladov when she was hit with the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. Harris had accepted that her illness wouldn't make adding to her family a possibility. That was until she got the surprise of her life mere hours before her scheduled lumpectomy.
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"The day before my [surgery], my oncology nurse called with stunning news—routine blood work had uncovered that I was pregnant," she said. Unaware of the state of her tumor, she said that doctors discussed possibly terminating the pregnancy if the cancer got more aggressive. Harris and her baby-to-be carried on though, and she started chemotherapy in February 2014 in her third trimester.
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Harris's last day of chemo was in May, and her brave bun in the oven continued to thrive. Despite that, "it felt like we had so many hurdles still ahead of us—I had to get my blood counts up, give birth, then get radiation. And we were hoping the baby was healthy," Harris said.
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Harris got exactly what she wanted—a healthy baby girl, with a full head of hair, born on May 30 at 7 lbs 5 oz. (Bonus: she only spent four hours in labor!) Since there isn't much information about exposing babies to chemo while in utero, Harris fears that the treatment may have affected her little girl. Still, her doctors reminded her that the baby's very presence is proof that she's a strong child already. "'This is really somebody who needed to come into the world,' my surgeon told me later.
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