She gave birth in January, barely five days after finishing her chemotherapy.
A Texas mother has many reasons to rejoice. According to NBC station KXAN-TV, 41-year-old Emily Williams discovered she was expecting her second child in May after undergoing seven rounds of in vitro fertilization. She found a lump in her breast a month later and received a breast cancer diagnosis. Williams didn't begin chemotherapy until the second trimester because she was concerned about the welfare of her unborn child, according to the news outlet. Instead, her Texas Oncology medical team began with a single mastectomy.
"When I first was diagnosed, I think what the scariest part for me was we went through all this effort to get pregnant," the new mum told ABC station KVUE. “At 11 weeks, I'm like, 'Oh, I'm almost at like the second trimester, right?' I was, I was so close. So to find out I was diagnosed with breast cancer was extremely hard," Williams said sharing her fright when she first got to know about her cancer diagnosis.
Williams was reportedly "training to run a marathon" while receiving therapy, according to the treatment and research provider. She gave birth in January, barely five days after finishing her chemotherapy, per the outlet. By pure coincidence, her obstetrician and surgical oncologist both showed up to deliver her baby girl at the same moment. The mother of two then enjoyed another enormous success two months later, winning a medal in the London Marathon.
"It was kind of almost like the two worlds coming together on my delivery day. That really made my delivery just an amazing experience," Williams told the outlet. "Mothers can do incredible things," Texas Oncology wrote in a social media post in honor of Mother's Day. “It was going to be my fourth marathon. So that was a motivation. It was just such an emotional experience. I broke down in tears and was just like, 'This is the end. I mean, I'm done.' It was a perfect way, I think, to wrap up my whole journey," the overjoyed mum shared as she recalled her journey to the news outlet.
Williams also took note of the fact that she also raised over $6,000 for the American Institute for Cancer Research which she never thought of escalating so well. In a thank you note, she commented on the Oncology page stating, “I’m so thankful for the amazing Doctors and Nurses at Texas Oncology! And especially to Dr. Patt for being up to date on the research and giving me hope that I can still have a healthy baby even after going through chemo while pregnant.” Several people over the internet congratulated the mum for her achievements. Many called her inspiring and how her spirit motivated them to get going in life.
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