If you're the type of person who believes everything in life happens for a reason, then you'll absolutely love hearing about a mom who credits her unborn baby with saving her life.
When Jane Heffey started experiencing heavy bleeding during the 20th week of her pregnancy, she was devastated to learn that the cause was actually a tumor on her cervix. It turns out the baby was putting pressure on her cervix while growing in her womb, which caused the bleeding.
And if the tumor wasn't bad enough news, Jane then learned that she did, indeed, have cancer -- and it had spread to her lymph nodes and possibly her bladder.
Wait -- her story gets even worse.
Jane was told that in order to fight the cancer, she would have to undergo chemotherapy during her pregnancy, or risk having it spread even farther.
Did I mention she also had an 8-month-old baby girl at home when she was diagnosed? There she was, the pregnant mom of a baby who wasn't even a year old -- and she had to deal with the realization that she had cancer and had to endure chemotherapy.
(Can you even imagine?)
Miraculously, Jane welcomed her second daughter, Ciara, at 32 weeks -- and she was perfectly healthy. The chemo had not had any negative effect on her tiny little body at all.
After Ciara's birth, Jane still had to face grueling rounds of chemo as well as radiation, but thankfully, the tumor on her cervix is gone. And now she's spending each and every day appreciating every little moment with her two beautiful children -- one of whom she owes her life to.
OMG. If Jane had not been pregnant, she may have never known that tumor was growing on her cervix. And if doctors hadn't discovered it, the cancer probably would have spread to various parts of her body, and there's a good chance she wouldn't be here today.
Yep, that little baby saved her life, all right. Stories like this never cease to amaze me. It just seems way too coincidental that the only reason this woman's cancer was found was because of a pregnancy complication. Call it a higher power. Call it fate. I don't care what you call it -- some sort of divine intervention occurred, here. Jane was supposed to get pregnant with baby Ciara so soon after her first child specifically so the cancer would be uncovered, and she'd go on to live a happy and healthy life raising her girls just like any other mom.
If that isn't the definition of a miracle, then I really don't know what is.
Have you had any sort of health issue revealed because of your pregnancy?
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