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Mary Ann’s Mom’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Mary Ann's Story (Breast Cancer) My mother became pregnant with me at 24 years old, after years of trying to get pregnant and being told she would never get pregnant due to endometriosis.

Unfortunately, she was also diagnosed with breast cancer at 24 years old. She had a mastectomy that saved her life, but she had to undergo tests that could seriously affect her unborn baby. The doctors advised her to abort the pregnancy. She told them no! She said, “I’ve waited for a baby and wanted a baby so badly…if this baby has medical issues, we’ll love it no matter what!”

I am so glad she made the choice to keep me! I was born a healthy baby girl! My mother always said that she thought God was testing her. Even though this baby may not have been perfect due to the breast cancer tests, she knew how badly she wanted to be a mother. I guess she passed!

She had 6 kids after that. Now, 36 years later, she has been diagnosed again with breast cancer. Really? Isn’t once enough?! My dad has been there for her, and growing up I always knew how much he loved her. He is everyone’s rock in a crisis. And now 36  years later, I’m the baby who needs to be their rock. It’s the least I can do. Life is so not fair. It always seems like, “when it rains it pours”. I feel as though we are standing at the starting line to a marathon that we did not train for.

Mary Ann
Submitted 1-12-2012

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. JenLiz Williamson

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom, Mary Ann! You are truly a daughter to be proud of and your mom has so many people who love her, who pray for her, and are standing behind her. Fight like a girl, indeed!
    Love and prayers,

  2. Elizabeth hodgson

    Wow aunt Mary Ann that was so nice !!! Aunt Betty is a strong fighter !!!! Loved that storie!!!!! Love ya aunt Betty stay strong !!!! 🙂

  3. Nancy

    That was so nice Mary Ann, your mom has so much love and support around her. She is one special lady. She is so lucky to have yas, love yas xx

  4. beth

    God bless you and your family. I also come from a family of 6. We lost my Dad to lung cancer 2 years ago. The day after his 80th birthday. 2 months later our Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. The first time was in 1986, she had a mastectomy back in 1986. She had a lumpectomy in September and then we lost my nephew to a car accident. We were reeling from all of this going on. Our Mom has to be the strongest woman I know. She went through radiation and has come up clean since. I thank God I had all of my brothers and sisters during that time and now. We all know that when the chips are down we will all be there for each other. I am proud to say my Mom has fought like a girl twice . May God bless you.

  5. Nikki

    Your mom is a fighter! She beat cancer once, she will do it again. From one Breast Cancer warrior to another, have faith.. God has this one! 🙂

  6. Judy

    I was diagnosed with Stage 3b breast Ca almost 20 years ago and given a max of 2 years. I’m still here! Need I say more?

  7. pat zarcone

    i’m with you – once is enough!

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