Rare Surgery

The Rare Surgery That Saved My Baby’s Life

 

I started this blog out of my pure gratitude due to becoming a mother. It almost did not happen. There is not a day that goes by that I do not wake up feeling eternally grateful for the gift I have been given. My fairy tale dream come true might not have been realized if not for the rare surgery I had while pregnant that saved my baby’s life.

My surgery may be rare, but I know that I am not alone in battling infertility or my possession of a strong desire to become a mother. I am not a doctor or a fertility expert by any stretch of the imagination. My hope is that I can offer a few tips that may help other hopeful parents-to-be.

Rare Surgery

Three Little Words

It all began with three little words. You have cancer. My husband and I had been trying to conceive on and off for years. We sought the advice of fertility specialists who informed me that getting pregnant would be extremely difficult due to a laundry list of issues.

I was not ovulating regularly. My body produces an excess of estrogen (which acts like natural birth control.) I had problems with excessive bleeding. There were cysts on my ovaries. I did not have many viable eggs left. And on, and on, and on…

It would have cost tens of thousands of dollars to even attempt to pursue fertility treatments and so my husband and I decided to put baby making on the back burner. I cannot recall what it was that renewed our desire for parenthood. Maybe it was just how much we love each other or maybe we saw a particularly cute baby while out walking our dog.

I decided to make an appointment with my long-time obstetrician/gynecologist a few months earlier than annual exam was scheduled. We wanted to find out what our options really were.

Tip #1: Find a doctor that you would trust with your life

I trust my doctor more than words can describe. She is professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. Most importantly, she has always made me feel safe. After performing my annual exam, there were indications that I had abnormal cells in my cervix, endocervix, and uterus. Upon further tests and a biopsy, the results were in. I had advanced cervical cancer.

Tip #2: NEVER skip your annual exam

It is now recommended that women ages 21-65 should get a pap smear every three years. However, it is also recommended that you still visit your gynecologist to yearly for your annual pelvic exam. If you feel that something is a little “off”, do not be afraid to schedule your exam sooner, as I did! Trust your instincts and your body. These exams are about the least amount of fun one can imagine, but always make your health a priority. You will thank yourself later.

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16 thoughts on “The Rare Surgery That Saved My Baby’s Life

  1. Brittany:
    This is an incredible story. I am so glad you shared it. I had tears running down my face when I read about the loss of your daughter on Christmas Day. I had my first miscarriage earlier this year, and it really has shown me how precious life is. I am so grateful everyday that my miscarriage came after having my daughter. She gives me so much joy and really helped me when I was sad. I am so glad happiness finally found you…I can’t believe how much you have been through, it really is an amazing story, and you tell it very well. I will be sharing.

    1. Thank you so much. I am so very sorry for your loss. I am so glad that you had your daughter’s love to provide some much needed healing. It is never easy. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share.

  2. So many trials for you to go through to be where you are. I had to laugh at your comment about getting a dog. I had a miscarriage, and got a dog to help me to heal emotionally (I wrote about it, and I’ll send you the link if you’re interested). I was pregnant again within less than two months. While these things are devastating, they do help us to appreciate the gifts we’re given. I broke my back at 26. I wasn’t sure how that would affect my ability to have kids. My husband had two major strokes before I met him (he is truly a miracle and should have died). I was over 35 when we got married and started trying to have kids. So many things working against us, yet we have two beautiful children. Like you, I am thankful for them every single day.
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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I would love to read about you and your dog! I really think there is something to the healing nature of dogs.
      You have experienced so many of your own miracles and I completely agree that coming back from heartache and loss makes you appreciate life’s miracles and the joys you are given. Thank you again so much for commenting and sharing your experiences.

  3. Hi Brittany,

    First off I need to commend you on your courage to tell your story. Being vulnerable and telling the world your struggles is a very hard thing to do. I am so happy to hear that you have a happy ending and an adorable little one. Enjoy all those motherhood moments 🙂

    xo Gennifer
    http://www.GenniferRose.com

    1. Thank you so much! It was difficult to talk about what I had been through, but I have learned that writing is so cathartic! Also, there are so many mamas out there with their own miracles, that I am happy to share my story because I love hearing those of others. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

  4. I’m so sorry for the loss of your first daughter. what a beautiful story though, and I’m so happy that the surgery went so well. What an amazing journey!

    1. Thank you so much. Believe me, I count my lucky stars every day. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment.

  5. Wow what a story! Thank goodness you’re ok and your daughter is healthy as well. I’m sorry for the loss of your first child it must have been terrible (I can’t even imagine). I do understand hearing the words “you have cancer” as I’m currently fighting thyroid cancer. I was diagnosed when my son was three and a half (he’s now 6) and thank goodness we had him before I was diagnosed. He keeps me strong and continues to be a wonderful light in our lives. All the best to you and your family!
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    1. Nicole, thank you so much for sharing your story. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have learned that we are stronger than we think when tested. I pray for your speedy recovery. xoxo

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