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Medical Error! A Woman Found A Lump On The 9th Week Of Pregnancy And Doctors Did Nothing: "I Couldn’t Let It Go"

Date November 9, 2018 16:54

Female's breasts change considerably from the very beginning of gestation. It's completely normal, as they are just preparing for the baby's arrival. 

There are some common changes:

  • enlargement and instant growth;
  • hypersensitivity;
  • nipple's sticking and darkening;
  • darkened veins around the nipples;
  • small glands, also known as Montgomery’s tubercles.

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Pregnancy absolutely transforms the body and health, and sometimes it can be exciting and scary at the same time. 

Touching story

North Carolina resident Abigail Valletta found a minor lump in her right breast during the 9th week of gestation. Worried, she rushed to the hospital to do a checkup. 

The expectant mother paid a visit to two different doctors, and both of them said the same thing: "you have pregnancy changes." But Abigail didn't believe them, because she was in pain.

I couldn’t let it go. I kept thinking about it, and it wasn’t getting better. It was hurting.

Valetta was terrified, and she wanted to do something to put her at ease. She asked a primary care physician to conduct an ultrasound, and that's what they did. 

Her world suddenly became dark. Her suspicions were confirmed, and she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. She had it as far back as the first time she found the lump. 

I immediately started crying uncontrollably. I just wanted to know if my baby was going to be okay.

Abigail was speechless and dejected. But the doctors told her that she could undergo chemotherapy without any harming the baby.  

Valetta first underwent a mastectomy, before giving birth to her baby, Madelyn Faith Valletta. The happy mother then took her chemotherapy course. 

The birth was amazing. She was just so perfect. I didn’t have an epidural, so I was in a lot of pain. But as soon as I saw her and they put her on my chest, I was completely fine. I didn’t feel any more pain.

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She's still doing chemotherapy, and in December, she'll undergo her second mastectomy and have her ovaries removed. Though her breast cancer battle is going very complicated, she's happy to have a third child in the family, in addition to Kennedy, 12, and Carter, 8. 

Adding her to our family and all the support we’ve received is just overwhelming. She’s just the calmest baby. Madelyn is so happy.

Every family member is so happy to have a baby girl around. She gives Abigail the hope and strength to continue her battle despite all the hardships. 

Ways to prevent breast cancer

In addition to genetics, lifestyle also plays a vital part in determining one's likelihood of getting cancer. Scholars believe that lifestyle changes can decrease the possibility of having breast cancer. 

  1. Kick bad habits, such as alcohol use and smoking. Doing so will not only reduce the risk of cancer, but also improve your overall health.
  2. Be physically active. Sports are important. It's recommended to do physical exercises daily.
  3. Breastfeed. It's said that the longer you feed, the lower your risk. 
  4. Try to avoid environmental pollution and exposure to radiation. Medical methods, such as computerized tomography, should be done only when absolutely necessary.
  5. Watch your weight. Being overweight or obese increases the chances of breast cancer, especially after menopause. 

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We wish the best to Abigail and her family. Hopefully, she'll get through it and be even happier! 

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