Fighting aggressive breast cancer while pregnant

I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer at 6 months pregnant. My husband and I are expecting our first child. (Baby Quinton) We went in for a normal ultrasound and 1 week later I was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer that has spread to at least one lymph node. Because of the pregnancy we are not able to run the tests to determine what stage cancer, how far it has spread or if it is already terminal. This was a hard blow for our family. I am currently receiving chemotherapy that is safe during pregnancy. As soon as Quinton is ready he will be taken early. About Christmas time. They will also remove my ovaries durring the csection. unfortunately this will throw me into menopause a few hours after giving birth. because hormones are feeding the cancer it's in my best interest to remove all hormones from my system. After that I will get one week before we start all the tests. I will receive more chemo, radiation treatment, a mastectomy & possible lymph node removals. The rest will be determined by the results of the pet scan. I am fighting hard for my growing family. We tried for a couple years to get pregnant and just as I accepted it probably wasn't in the cards, I got those 2 pink lines. My heart is so full of joy for the little life inside me. ❤❤ All I want is to survive this to be able to be a mom to my little guy. We are trying to raise money to help with medical expenses, travel to and from treatments. My biggest worry is all the unpaid time my husband will miss at work. Between a newborn and all the surgery's and treatments, I will need him at home to help me & baby survive this. My family is so wonderful and supportive & my panel of drs are incredible. I am maintaining a positive attitude most of the time. Thank you for talking the time to read this. My heart goes out to all dealing with cancer in any way. And ladies please check yourselves. If you do happen to find anything abnormal (as I did 2 months prior to my pregnancy) don't let your dr brush it off. Request/demand testing regardless of your age. Get a second opinion if you need too. I wish I had known to request more testing. I just figured my dr knew best and I was so relieved it was nothing. If they would had done a simple ultrasound I could have cought this before it spread & was fed by the hormones of pregnancy. All our love.. Crystal, Tim & baby Quinton. ❤❤❤❤

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