In what should have been one of the happiest times of her life, Jennifer Korican found herself fighting an uphill battle.
Just a couple months into her second pregnancy at age 34, Korican found out that she had stage three breast cancer. she said, “It was a whirlwind. You don’t want to ever hear those words.”However, she was still determined to bring that beautiful baby into this world, and that is exactly what she did. She delivered a healthy 3-pound, 15-ounce little girl. Jenn added, “She’s filled my heart more than I could even imagine.”
Her husband, Brad said, “I couldn’t explain the feeling in words when she breathed that first breath of air.”
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Jenn only discovered the lump when the pregnancy hormones caused it to become more sore. After the biopsy, doctors came up to a plan specially tailored to her and the baby.
“You don’t know what you’re capable of doing until you’re forced to do it,” Brad said.
Almost immediately she had a mastectomy.
“I want to thank all the doctors and nurses that have taken care of us in this horrible, dark time,” Jenn said.
Once Jenn reached the second trimester, she started six rounds of chemotherapy, which caused the amniotic fluid to slowly leak. Up until an emergency C-section on Monday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
“We were just one day shy of 36 weeks,” she said. “There were numerous times they thought she could’ve been delivered at 28, and after that. So the fact that we made it that far and we had gone through so much, it was just amazing to hear her cry and have her on me even though she’s just the smallest little thing.”
Riley is strong, healthy, and loved by everyone – especially older sister Sophia. Jenn and Brad hope by telling their story, they may inspire others to get checked.
“If this is my purpose to educate women and to make them more aware of paying attention to your body, you know your body better than anyone else, then that’s what I’m here for,” Jen said. “That’s what I’m going to do.”
Baby Riley has already been moved out of NICU and she and mom are both recovering quickly. They will spend at least a couple more days here before going home.
The courageous mother knew it was going to be rough, but she wanted to give her child the best shot possible. She said, “We decided that we weren’t going to terminate and I was going to fight for the both of us. Because if they were convinced they got the cancer out, then you know what? I’m going to do everything for her, me and my family.”
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