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Mother fights cancer while pregnant with third child

Molly Newland is a Madison County mother who found herself in the fight for her life.

With no family history of breast cancer, she learned at the age of 32 that she would battle the disease while experiencing the joy of becoming a mother.

The journey to become a family is different for everyone. For 35-year-old Molly Newland, hers was picture perfect until a day in 2009.

"I was at a M.O.P.S meeting and we had a speaker come and talk about doing self exams and the importance of doing those. I did one and I kind of felt a lump. I thought I will wait till the right time of the month to be doing one," said Molly Newland.

That time never came because Molly would learn she was pregnant with her third child, her joy of being a mom again was stilled by the reality she was facing breast cancer.

"A lot of times when younger people are diagnosed, it's later in the process and the staging of the cancer, that was kind of where we were at, we were expecting it to be really, really bad," said Newland.

Her scans revealed she had stage two breast cancer.

"Actually, she had a rather uncommon kind of breast cancer as well, no more that 10% of all breast cancer patients have," said Dr. Suleiman Massarweh, an oncologist at Markey Cancer Center in Lexington.

What Molly was facing was rare, in fact doctors at the Markey Cancer Center treat only four or five a year out of 300 breast cancer patients.

Molly was not only in the fight for her life, but her unborn baby's too.
Molly's plan of attack followed her pregnancy, surgery at 10 weeks and then at 16 weeks she started chemotherapy.

Molly documented her journey in pictures, from losing her hair to trips to chemo.

In the middle of her pregnancy, Molly turned 33 and her husband's gift to his wife was forming a Race for the Cure team for Susan G. Komen. It had three hundred some members.

On February 10th, 2010, Molly's world changed again when little Lucia came into the world.

"Lucia means light in the darkness," said Newland.

Lucia was welcomed home by her older sisters and to this day continues to be a bright spot in the family.

Life goes on, Molly is cancer free.

Her days now are filled taking care of her family and never once did she ever say why me?

"It was always why not me, God definitely led me down this path," said Newland.

It was a path this mother never bargained for, but one that led her to be not only a survivor, but the best mom she could be..

"I just hope I can give them love and be here a long time," said Newland.

A picture perfect ending to a journey this mother is glad to put behind her.
Molly's message to other mothers out there, do your self breast exams and make sure you get your routine checkups because early detection is key.

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