A woman with breast cancer rushed into an emergency caesarean section to give birth the same day
An Oklahoma woman was rushed to a C-section after doctors diagnosed breast cancer hours earlier.
Brooke Taylor, 32, from Gore, said she first noticed the lump in her breast during her second trimester in May, but her doctor told her it was probably a symptom of her pregnancy .
But, by the time she was 38 weeks pregnant, the lump was bigger and she pushed her OBGYN to check it out, hello america reported.
Following an ultrasound and biopsy, Taylor was told she had breast cancer and needed to give birth immediately.
Taylor is currently undergoing chemotherapy, after which she will face a double mastectomy and radiation therapy, and says she is sharing her story to inspire other women who may also be battling the disease.
Brooke Taylor, 32, of Gore, Oklahoma, first felt a lump in one of her breasts during her second trimester in May. Pictured: Taylor with her daughter, Elsie James
Taylor’s doctor told her it was likely a symptom of pregnancy, but she demanded the lump be checked out at her 38-week appointment. The next day, she learns that she has breast cancer. Pictured left and right: Taylor with her daughter
“I waddled into the room my husband was in and let myself cry,” Taylor told Good Morning America upon learning of her diagnosis.
“But I didn’t cry for very long because my OBGYN called me and said, ‘How fast can you get here?’
Taylor and her husband, Damon, rushed to the hospital, where she underwent an emergency C-section.
Their daughter, Elsie James, was born without complications weighing six pounds and two ounces at 2:04 p.m., just six hours after Taylor was diagnosed.
“It was a miracle in itself that she was healthy and ready to join the world,” Taylor told Good Morning America.
“We spent the whole day being a bit shocked and enjoying our new baby.”
A few days later, the new mum was told she had stage III invasive ductal breast cancer, a cancer that starts growing in the milk duct before spreading.
The scans showed two tumors in her right breast and one in her left breast.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Women are considered to be at increased risk if they are older, have a family history of breast cancer, carry the BRCA gene mutation, or have a history of chest radiation therapy.
Six hours after hearing the news, Taylor gave birth to her daughter, Elsie James, who was born healthy with no complications. Pictured: Taylor undergoing chemotherapy
Taylor learned after birth that she had the BRCA1 gene, which increases the risk of breast cancer. She is undergoing 16 cycles of chemotherapy, after which she will have to undergo a double mastectomy, radiation therapy and breast reconstruction surgery. Pictured: Taylor in hospital, left, and with her daughter, right
Taylor was told she carried the BRCA1 gene, which increased her risk of breast cancer by 70%.
In 2019, it is estimated that more than 331,530 cases of invasive and non-invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and almost 42,000 will die from it.
As a side effect of chemotherapy, Taylor entered menopause early. Pictured: Taylor with her daughter at a petting zoo
In women, death rates from breast cancer are higher than rates from any other cancer except lung cancer.
Breast cancer also occurs in men, but the incidence rate is less than one percent.
Two weeks after giving birth, Taylor received her first of 16 rounds of chemotherapy, to be administered over a 20-week period.
When she’s done, she’ll undergo a double mastectomy, six weeks of radiation therapy and breast reconstruction surgery, Good Morning America reported.
Chemotherapy also induced menopause in Taylor, which she says was difficult to deal with.
However, she shared updates about her treatment on Instagram in a bid to break the stigma that breast cancer is a disease only older women get.
“Every day, probably 10 to 15 women my age contact me, whether they’ve just been diagnosed with breast cancer or have been through it,” she told Good Morning America.
“It’s empowering that women are supporting women through this very difficult journey, but it’s also devastating that this is something new moms are addressing at all.”