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October 24, 2013

Breast cancer doesn't stop Normal mother


Weekly radiation treatments for six weeks followed. Each session lasted only a few minutes and Molly had the treatments after work.

"I had some burning on the skin in the area of the breast but, compared to chemo, this was cake."

When a PET (positron emission tomography) scan showed the cancer was gone, Molly and Ed asked when they could start a family. Doctors suggested waiting a year.

Breanna was born April 21, 2008, without complications.

The following September, Molly began to feel fatigued. "I thought nothing of it. I had a newborn," she said.

When she experienced dizzy spells and a cough, she called her oncologist, who ordered blood work and chest x-rays. Then, Molly found a lump on the right side of her neck.

It was biopsied and found to be cancerous.

"I thought I was done with cancer," she said.

The cancer also had spread to her lungs, so she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer.

Besides worrying about his wife, Ed thought of their decision to have a child and was anxious about their daughter.

"I thought I had sentenced my daughter to die," he said. "We did the gene test at the cancer center and it was determined that Molly's cancer was an anomaly. It was not genetic. I was relieved that there was not a risk that this had been passed onto Breanna."

Molly's oncologist told her she wasn't carrying the gene so, if she survived another cancer battle, she should be able to have a second child.

Molly's treatment was a pill form of chemo that she took every day for three months. She also took Herceptin that she received intravenously for three hours once a month at the cancer center. Side effects were minimal.

A PET scan in December found no signs of cancer.

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