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Faith And Strength <3

I had my daughter, Bella a little early like a month early. They realized her heart rate was dropping and they immediately transferred and admitted me into the hospital. This was crazy for me, especially being only a Junior in high school. I was so confused and scared.

When I was admitted it took them about an hour to get me ready for my c-section. When my daughter was born, her heart rate kept decreasing. They did and MRI and found cancer. Brain cancer, I couldn't believe it. The child I just brought into this harmful world only being 17, had cancer. I felt so awful, like it was all my fault. No one could say anything really at that point to make me feel better. About 2 hours later, they did immidiate surgery on Bella to remove the cancer, thankfully it was removed. She was only a couple hours old and already gone through so much. That's a true hero and inspiration and miracle to me.

Bella stayed in the NICU for about 8 month. She was then transferred to The Children's Hospital in Greenville Memorial Hospital. I couldn't hold her, she had so many tubes. They had to do chemo, it was all so rough. But shes now a healthy one year old girl and so full of life and energetic, definiate people's person, she loves life. Everyday she inspires and amazes me. It's amazing how she went through 9 months of cancer and is as happy and healthy as she is today. That's a true miracle right there.

I may have had her young, but I don't regret her one bit. If there was a way I could've stopped her from having cancer I would have, but you can't. It's typical everyday struggles of life. People may judge me because I brought a child in this world AND with cancer, but I really don't care. Bella having cancer has made me a better and stronger mom and person, closer with my fiancé Kegan (her father), and it's opened my eyes up upon life.

It was hard, the hospital bills, chemo treatment, having her. But it was all worth it. I love being a mom and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I love my little miracle, Miss Bella Grace Hancock. She's truly the best thing that's ever happened to me!
EmKeganBella18 EmKeganBella18 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 6, 2012

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That must have been so tough. My 8yo has cancer (acute lymphoblastic leukaemia) and I can't imagine seeing her as a baby having to go through chemo. Good luck to you and Bella, it's so tough. We've been told if Sophie is ever 'free' of it, she'll have to go back to regular appointments etc; at the hospital. Cancer can never leaves mums of children with cancer- the fear, the worry, having to watch your child suffer. I hope both you, Kegan and Bella have an amazing future together.

I mean, regular appointments to check and scan and so on, as there's a high chance of it returning.

What grade was the tumor?

i thought you said in the teen mom group that she spent 8 months in the NICU?

Ugh, love my typos. Ill fix that, never took notice of it.