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Welcome to our CaringBridge site. I am a 43 year old mother of three (Princess Teagan is 5, Sir Wyatt is 3, and Baby Oliver turned 1 on August 14).
5 days after Oliver was born I was diagnosed with widespread breast cancer (lobular carcinoma). It is what they call "treatable but not curable".
Leah Siegel passed away on July 26, 2010. This site is kept alive to keep her friends informed about Leah's family.
During my pregnancy I had no symptoms or indications that anything was wrong. The symptoms I did have, if any, fit more with pregnancy than 4th stage cancer.. Back pain and fatigue, nothing excruciating... When I went into labor with Oliver (who is fine and beautiful) the doctors took a routine blood sample which showed I had a very low platelet count (mine was 30,000... Normal range is 150,000 - 400,000). After he was born they did everything they could to raise this level. I had 8 platelet transfusions, 4 units of blood, and three plasma exchange sessions in about 5 days. My count dropped more and then stayed around 15,000. I meanwhile went through a battery of tests as doctors tried to figure out why my platelet count was so low; ultrasound, CT scans, MRI, bone marrow biopsy, and blood cultures. The CT scans and MRI showed multiple spots on my liver and bones. The bone marrow tests confirmed breast cancer that had spread.
My husband Eric has been great throughout all of this. The longer I was in the hospital the more responsibilities he had to take on. And he did so with grace and calmness. I would not have made it through that first week or two with out him.
I started chemo just 10 days after Oliver was born. My cancer is currently listed as "stable" and I am in a clinical trial.
I truly believe I will be someone who is "treated" for this disease until a cure is found. If not for me, then for my three kids and my husband.