Hope for 3: Mary's cancer fight
At 26 years old & 26 weeks pregnant Mary was diagnosed with stage 2a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
As many of you already know,
Mary is a warm, fun-loving, gregarious, compassionate, Preschool Teacher, who always loves a good joke, and has the most hearty and contagious laugh!
Mary and Tom were married in July 2016 and a few months later they got the exciting news that Mary was pregnant! On Christmas Day, they announced to family that their baby was A GIRL!
In mid January, Mary found out, unfortunately, that she had Placenta Previa and would most likely need a C section. Doctors suggested she take time off from her physically demanding teaching job.
Around this time Mary noticed a lump near her collar bone. After a few tests, she underwent surgery on Feb 28th, to biopsy the lump.
The results were heartbreaking. CANCER.
Placenta Previa, recovery from surgery, and now cancer, Mary was forced to go on leave from her teaching job.
A preliminary MRI showed that the cancer is confined to the upper chest area with multiple nodules and a mass in her chest the size of an orange.
Mary and Tom will meet with her team of doctors in the next few weeks to determine a delivery date in May for baby Isla.
Two weeks after delivery Mary will have a PET scan to more accurately diagnose the extent of the Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and will know in more detail what lies ahead. The amount of radiation in the PET scan will keep her from holding her baby for twelve hours!
Within 4 weeks of baby Isla's delivery, Mary will begin Chemo therapy.
While we are so excited to meet baby Isla, the cloud of Chemo, its side effects and the long journey ahead are looming.
Mary and Tom have been very upbeat and positive for encountering so many obstacles, and of course, in true Mary fashion, it never hurts to joke around.
We ask for your prayers for Mary and Tom and their brand new little family, as well as any and all donations you could spare to help them, even if just a little! Donations will be directly applied to all her medical bills, food, gas, utilities, and baby formula (due to the chemo therapy Mary will need to formula feed Isla).
We will keep this page updated as treatment progresses.
Thank you so much for your love, support and generosity! Please know that because of you, Mary and her little family of three will find hope through this journey!
*We will be adding a Meal Train Link closer to her delivery date for anyone in the area that would be able to help out in that way too!*
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MARY IS IN REMISSION!!!
We got the best news today!! Mary had her PET scan yesterday and NO CANCER SHOWED UP- the chemo has been working!!
Mary will continue her course of treatment BUT for her remaining 7 chemo treatments, She will be on fewer drugs, and she can officially end her daily blood thinner injections that she's been on since March! That alone deserves a PARTY!!
Thank you everybody who has prayed for her!!
Mary is truly an amazing human being. Anyone looking at her would have no idea that she's been fighting the hardest battle of her life, because she does it with grace and sass she is the best and coolest role model for her precious daughter Isla. I am lucky to be her sister
YAY MARY!!! PRAISE GOD!!!
Mary has now had 2 rounds of Chemo and a bone marrow biopsy. The results of the biopsy were good- the cancer has not spread to her bones and she does not have to repeat that procedure, yay! A week ago Mary's blood counts were low, but they were able to continue with the Chemo. Her low counts mean that her immune system is very low and wasn't quite getting back to the level they wanted. Mary decided to go on a Neutropenic Diet (no fresh fruits/veggies, etc) to reduce the bacteria she consumes/comes into contact with to hopefully help her immune system rebuild between chemo rounds.
Madison Oncology has been wonderful and Mary was provided with a free wig fitting, and will get her wig next week! Mary's sister Becca was so kind to provide Mary with the cutest hair cut! This week Mary noticed her hair is beginning to shed a little more.
So far Mary's arms are a little battle worn from the labs/Chemo every other week, she is hoping she can stick it out and that she won't need a port. On chemo days and the day after or two Mary is extremely exhausted and just needs rest. She rebounds fairly well and has been doing an excellent job of keeping on top of her meds and antinausea pills. She hasn't been too sick other than a few battles of nausea here and there.
Tom has been a great help and support to Mary (like anyone doubted him). He has been up with Isla during nights Mary was too tired and has managed to get all Chemo Wednesday's off and the day after to make sure he was there for Mary. They just had their 1st Wedding Anniversary!
Isla has been so easy going and just had her 2 month birthday! She's been a source of joy for everyone and has started smiling!
Thank you to everyone who has been keeping Mary and Tom in your thoughts and prayers! Thank you to everyone who's donated their time cooking meals, and for those who've donated financially.
If you haven't jumped on the Meal Train please do!
While Mary's recovery has been great, The cancer has been weighing her down with fatigue, night sweats, and coughing. Time for the cancer to go!
Isla has been happy, healthy, and easy going. She is the cutest bundle of joy and keeps Mary's spirits up!
Tom has since returned to work so that has been an adjustment too.
Thank you to all of their donors and meal deliveries! Your support is phenomenal! Anyone still interested in providing meals please visit their Mealtrain link. They could use help once or twice a week as she goes through chemo these next six months and many spots are available!
Great news Mary! Always thinking about you. Keep on keepin on!
Thanks for the update! We've been praying! Love and prayers
Isla is adorable, congratulations! What a precious family! You are in my thoughts and prayers!