I am a childhood cancer survivor. Not only did I have cancer but it was in the lining of the bladder and uterus (sarcoma botryoides). At only two years old (the age of my daughter now), I went through two years of chemotherapy, surgeries, and radiation to battle this disease. I was very young, but the chance to bear children was considered very slim because you are born with all of your eggs and radiation treatments can affect fertility in many ways.
My pregnancy was not easy and nothing like I had imagined. I thought I would be glowing, eating ice cream with pickles, and loving the feeling of my baby inside of me. That was far from the truth! I was put on partial bed rest at 9 weeks and full at mid-term. I also had complications given my history and one of them was Placenta Previa. Being pregnant for me consisted of swollen feet the size of bricks, heartburn the entire time, and cabin fever. Even though it was rough, it was only 38 weeks of my life and worth every moment even though it didn’t seem like it at the time!
- Remember the days will be long but they won’t last forever.
- Take all the help you can get from relatives and friends.
- You will never have everything done so enjoy some moments with your baby even if the house is a mess.
- Meet other new moms- I joined a mom group (this is a great place to ask questions and hear stories and similar situations> it’s like a mini support group and you will need it).
- Don’t pass judgment on other moms- we are all trying to make it work, what works for you may not for someone else.
– See more at: http://www.mommaofdos.com/2016/05/mommas-day-series-2016-vals-story.html#sthash.WbK408j5.dpuf
Professional Photos 7&8 by Laura McCarthy Photography.