Share Your Story: Kristen McLellan
Daughter, Survivor, then Wife and Mother
On January 12th, 2004, I found a lump on my left breast. I had a biopsy done and on March 4th I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
The news came as a huge shock to both me and my family. But I was determined not to let it define my life. I went in for a lumpectomy on March 9th, but then Jamie and I decided to postpone Chemo so that we could do in-vetro fertilization (IVF). Having a family was VERY important to us and unfortunately Chemo can force your body into menopause prematurely. It was not a risk we were willing to take. On May 3rd we froze all of our embryos which I fondly call our "babe-cycles" and then on May 18th I began chemotherapy. It was NOT fun. Enough said.
I began radiation in November of 2004 and I ended all my treatments on January 12, 2005.
But as soon as we could, we went back to the Fertility clinic, and after many unsuccessful months we decided to try on our own. And we got pregnant! Lucas, our miracle baby was born July 1, 2006! We eventually started trying for baby number two and after a few unsuccessful months of trying on our own we transferred two of our “babe-cycles”...and we conceived! Our second miracle Willem was born June 19, 2008!