Kristen began chemotherapy at 22 weeks pregnant as it is approved during the second and third trimester of pregnancy. She underwent 4 treatments of Adriamycin (aka the red devil due to its severe side effects)/Cytoxan followed by 3 treatments of Taxol, known for causing neuropathy and bone pain. During this process, she also saw a perinatologist (high risk OB) at Oshei Children’s Hospital in order to monitor the development of the baby. Treatment was suspended at 34 ½ weeks in order to allow her and the baby’s blood counts to return to a safe level prior to delivery.
On July 6th, Kristen was seen for a routine echocardiogram to ensure that everything was okay with her heart prior to delivery. She left the appointment and two hours later received a call that she needed to get to the Buffalo General emergency room immediately as her cardiologist feared she had an infection in her heart. She was admitted into the hospital after an exhausting ER visit for further testing the next morning. That next morning, she had a repeat echocardiogram where it was determined that she had a blood clot in her heart. She was immediately placed on a heparin drip and it was decided that she needed to have a C-section as it was potentially too dangerous for her to have a vaginal birth.
On Monday, July 9th, Kristen was transferred to Children’s Hospital where she underwent a C-section. At 1:54pm, Kristen and Matt welcomed a beautiful, healthy baby boy, Everett Matthew, weighing 7lbs12oz and measuring 19.75inches long. Due to the blood clot and further testing needed, she ended up having to stay hospitalized for an additional week and wasn’t able to be discharged until July 17th. Kristen now has to do daily injections of blood thinner in order to manage the blood clot in her heart.
Two weeks post C-section and with a newborn baby at home, Kristen had to undergo her 4th Taxol chemotherapy to complete that portion of the treatment. She will also undergo surgery for the breast cancer in late August. Following that, she will undergo daily radiation downtown at Roswell for 4-6 weeks.
As you can imagine, Kristen and Matt are overwhelmed with medical bills as they move forward with treatments. Please consider donating to the Milone Family to help offset some of the ongoing medical bills. Any donation amount is very much appreciated!
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