I am convinced that I am a lucky woman. I was diagnosed with non hodgkins lymphoma 9 months ago while i was 22 weeks pregnant. I had been told it would be difficult for me to get pregnant AND I was a 35 year old, obese smoker. Talk about the odds being against you! I became symptomatic at 3 months pregnant. I saw multiple doctors...the answer was the same. I was told I was fat and pregnant and that's why I couldn't breathe. As it turns out, it actually was a grapefruit sized tumor that was occluding my superior vena cava and causing shortness of breath, facial swelling and enormous discomfort. I was asked by the doctors if i would consider terminating my pregnancy. I refused. I had waited way too long for this miracle baby. She and I endured a heart surgery, chemotherapy as well as the constant threat of losing her. I was told she would be born early if she even survived. I am so blessed to report that my beautiful daughter was born at 37 weeks (full term) at 6 lb, 3 oz and is perfectly healthy. She is the most amazing thing that has ever happened in my life and she continues to bring such joy to me. I can't remember who I really was before her but I am convinced she has made me a better person. Needless to say, this experience shook me to my core and made me question everything I thought I knew. I still haven't got all the answers and probably never will but my focus is different now. I have a renewed faith in God as well as a deeper understanding of a mother's love. Thank God my mother has been here throughout, as well as the rest of my family, to encourage and support me. Lucky me.
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