Pregnant...With Cancer. A Mother's Emotional Journey

Missy Givens had every reason to celebrate. She was approaching her first wedding anniversary, and was pregnant with their first baby. Then, she was told she had cancer.

Missy Givens says, "It was completely heartwrenching. I don't know how to explain it sometimes."

Missy Givens recalls the moment she found out she had cancer.

Missy says, "I got diagnosed August 19th of 2005. It was 2 weeks before my husband and I's wedding anniversary."

Missy and Scott's celebrations would have to wait. She had Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma...Stage 3.

Missy says, "Landon was in his second trimester and they said there was a chance he could survive."

Missy went through four rounds of chemo while pregnant with Landon. She was told there were many side effects. Her first baby could be born without limbs or mentally handicapped.

Missy says, "I knew all of the side effects but I mentally blocked it out. I said, there's no other choice."

Landon beat the odds. Missy jokes that they were both bald the day he was born.

But she gets emotional when talking about the first time she saw him.

Missy says, "He was perfect. Especially when he wasn't supposed to be."

Missy was told having another child was nearly impossible...but then, life threw this family another curve.

Missy says, "Almost two years later we got the surprising news Kinley was on the way."

This time, Missy didn't have to go through chemo while pregnant, but a month after Kinley's birth...

Missy says, "A month after she was born, I had a routine checkup and it was back. They think I probably had it when I was pregnant with Kinley, but I'm so happy I didn't know."

Missy was treated with Bexar-a radiotherapy treatment at The Nebraska Medical Center. It worked.

Missy says, "I'll never be cured, but as long as I can keep buying some time to raise my babies that will be good."

She gets check-ups every six months. Missy admits her heart drops every time she goes.

Missy says, "It's always, it's scary knowing it can come back anyday."

Missy and her family support Lymphoma Walks and also support The Nebraska Medical Center's Lymphoma Events.

Missy says Dr. Vose, and some special nurses, have helped her family through this.

She just had her 6-month checkup. She is doing great.


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