Apr 19, 2008 - 8:43 pm
my name is Gabrielle. Im 21 and I was 36 weeks pregnant when I found out that I had stage 2 Large B cell NHL. I found a lump on my neck and ended going to the ER plenty of times to try and figure out what that lump was. My primary doctor ended up haveing me go and get chest Xrays done an at that time they said they didn't know if it was just an enlarged Lympnode or it could be tumor. The chest xray showed that I had a 6inch tumor in my chest also. I had the biopsy done on my neck which my hospital had sent to another hospital to conferm what it was and then ended up loseing the biopsy. anyways that was October 12th 2007, when they had told me it was cancer, but they didn't know what type. They had me go to another hospital two hours away from my home when they where going to induce me so my son would be born so then i could start my chemo. they had told me that the tumors where brakeing so fast that they were going to drain the fluid that was around my heart because if i had gone into labor i could of gone into cardact arrest. well ended up they didn't drain the fluid. they gave me an empadural and lots and lots of drugs when i started in labor. they had to pull my son out with forseps due to all the complacations i was haveing. I had fluid around my heart, a collapsed lung, and my kidneys where shutting down. but in the end on October 17th 2007 I had a 5lb 5 oz handsom baby boy. who i named Collin Grant. Grant after my mothers brother who had passed away in May 12 2007 of Lung and Bone Cancer. also my mothers father had passed away of Lung and Bone Cancer May 7 2005. anyways... It has been alot to handle with losing my grandfather and unk. and with a new baby! Im surprised im not crazy by now.
Im still very scared, but not gona give up. my sone makes me stronger. an haveing cancer sucks but it has made me a much stronger person.