By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine
Such a sad, and touching, story to report on today. A woman named Stacie Crimm found out she was pregnant and then was diagnosed with terminal head and neck cancer. She chose to put off treatment to save her baby. Sadly, she died, but her baby lived. Today's difficult health question: What would you do?
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So heartbreaking: According to reports, 41-year-old Stacie Crimm found out she was pregnant and then was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She had two options: terminate the pregnancy and try to pursue aggressive treatment to save her life, or forgo treatment and save the baby.
She chose to save the baby, and sadly, she lost her battle to cancer. Her baby, a little girl, was delivered at 20 weeks, weighing just 2 pounds, and survived. Today, months later, she is a healthy 5 pound baby girl living with her mother's relatives.
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I've had three babies, and I have thought about this dilemma with every single pregnancy (especially during my second pregnancy, when I had a major ovarian cyst!), and though it may not make sense to everyone, I have always sided with saving my baby first, which is why I can relate to Stacie Crimm's heartbreaking decision. My heart aches for her and the little girl who will never know her mother.
What would you do if you were in Stacie's shoes?
P.S. She ran a marathon 9 months pregnant--could you? And, um, what do you think of this woman's plan to give birth in an art gallery (with people watching)...
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