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Mom Dying of Breast Cancer Gets Chance at One Last Mother's Day With Son (VIDEO)

by Jeanne Sager on May 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Darlene GantGet ready for some perspective on what it's really like to be going through a tough time. Darlene Gant is dying of breast cancer. And as she told drug company Genentech in a video that's gone viral on YouTube, all she wants is one more Mother's Day with her 11-year-old son. 

You don't even have to see the video. Just typing those words was so hard that I'm not surprised Genentech agreed to give Gant their new cancer drug, pertuzumab, immediately even though it's yet to get final approval from the FDA.

The drug company's decision falls under what's called compassionate use, and the FDA has signed off so the 46-year-old could begin taking the medication last week. The drug is expected to get that stamp of OK from the FDA in June, but Gant's doctors didn't think she could make it even that long. Their decision to skip that last step for her sake feels right. Who could deny a little boy a chance to spend one last Mother's Day with his mom? Who could deny a mother just a little more time with her son?

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But it's important people understand not just the bond of mother and son but the reasoning behind the decision to release the cancer drug early. Social media and viral videos are not a new way to get drugs pushed through the FDA process. If it were, that could wreak havoc on an already flawed system. People should not take this as a sign to start similar petitions for just any old drug for any old reason.

No. Darlene Gant's plea, and the resulting decision to grant her request, is that exception that proves a rule. This is very literally last chance effort, and sadly, unfortunately, it is not necessarily going to save Darlene Gant's life. But it should give her time to spend that last Mother's Day with her boy. It should give her little boy a little more time with his mom. That's the definition of having compassion, isn't it?

Here's Darlene Gant telling her own story:

If you knew a drug would give you more time but hadn't yet gotten FDA approval, what would you do?

 

Image via DarleneGant/YouTube

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  • femal...
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    femaleMIKE

    May 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Those of us with terminal loved ones prefer "Mom living with terminal cancer" instead of dying from


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    femaleMIKE

    May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    I can't watch the video.  I would sign any and all release forms necessary.


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    jeannesager

    May 1, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    @femaleMIKE, normally I wouldn't disagree with you, however Darlene Gant is the one who specifically terms herself as a "mom dying of cancer."


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    butterflyfreak

    May 1, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Yeah, I can't watch the video, either. Just reading the story has me ready to bawl my eyes out. I know the video would push me right over the edge and I'm just not in the mood for an over-emotional day.


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    Bruickson

    May 1, 2012 at 3:19 PM
    Wow, I just ugly cried through the first 3 minutes of that video. No way I could make it through the whole thing. God bless her and the rest of her family, especially her son. I really hope the drug gives her more time with her child. It was so sad to see her having to go through cards to give him for different milestones in his life but what a wonderful idea. Even though his mother won't be physically there with him, he will have her words of encouragement and I can imagine that would be a comfort to him. I'll be saying a little prayer for this family and all other families dealing with a terminal disease.
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    Shannon Dee Bailey

    May 1, 2012 at 3:27 PM
    I would go to the God of the universe and request more time. I would remember what the book of James Chapter 5 verses 13-18 says when you face health trials such as this......"Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. 14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. Then I would ask the elders of the church to come anoint me with oil and pray for my healing and I would leave my life in the hands of the living God who created my body and knows far more about it then any doctor on the planet. Death has been swallowed up in Victory thanks to Jesus Christ.
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    luckygirlyo

    May 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM
    When I was a senior in high school-my mom was diagnosed with stage 1V cancer. I live in NY, and my father worked for a hospital there. The drug studies she was in? Were the earliest Femara and tamoxifan studies. Most people don't realize-she never had a remission. We-as a family-signed every paper,used all credit, used every resource. I signed everything-and at 20 was watching my 14 year old sister w my twin,in East Hampton, while my mom and dad stayed in NYC. My mom died on my youngest sister's 25th bday. Mine was 2 weeks later. She DID see us grow up.
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    Connie Kinney

    May 1, 2012 at 7:23 PM
    I AM VERY FORTUNATE. I think God. I would like to know what the fda would do if all their mothers were like this woman and waiting for approval. Then what would they do??? I mean isn't it worth a chance?? when the alternative is certain death.
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    shellbell1969

    May 1, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    What a courageous, beautiful woman here...She has reinforced my determination to shout from the mountain top, "Quit wasting time and find a damn cure!" It's just not right!!...I will FIGHT on your behalf, Darlene!! Gob bless you, your son, and all of your family.


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    mamivon2

    May 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Oh wow what a sad yet inspiring story.. God bless her


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