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Rachell's Story

May 19, 2015

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Rachell, breast cancer survivor

I will never forget the day that I received the cancer diagnosis. I just remember devastation coming over us. We were only married for nine months and had just bought our house and so the next step is kids.

Hearing the doctor tell me that I was going to need chemotherapy and knowing that could take away my fertility. I said, "I want to be a mom, so you let me figure that part out and I will let you do this chemo thing."

While it was difficult, the Moffitt staff and the doctors and the nurses made it so warm. My doctors had a plan. I knew that there was going to be life after cancer because they approached me in a way that was like, "we’re going to get this."

Being a mom is just absolutely unbelievable and I’m so grateful for the foresight to have frozen the embryos before chemo treatment because I can’t imagine not having her.

You don’t have to be 65 to get breast cancer. I’m living proof of that. It’s so important for women to check and get it checked out by your doctor. Early detection is key.

She is absolutely our miracle. I thank God every day for her.