1. Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole
  2. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: 01-18-2020
  3. Pantry 2020 Basics
  4. Top 10 Tips for Cooking Dried Legumes
  5. What I Ate Wednesday + Day In the Life
  6. Brussels Sprout Kale Caesar Salad with Rosemary Croutons
  7. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 01-11-2020
  8. Eat for your Dosha
  9. Keep it Moving
  10. No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Oatmeal Bars
  11. Apple Cider Vinegar for Digestion
  12. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 01-04-2020
  13. Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta with Chickpeas
  14. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 12-28-2019
  15. Get Well, Not High
  16. 21 Fabulously Festive Vegan Holiday Treats
  17. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 12-21-2019
  18. Vegan Lasagna Soup
  19. Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese, Roasted Grapes, and Pecans
  20. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 12-14-2019
  21. Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (Gluten-Free!)
  22. Kid-approved vegan eats
  23. Fudgy Avocado Walnut Brownies
  24. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 12-07-2019
  25. Amazing Vegan Ginger Molasses Cookies
  26. 2019 Holiday Gift Guide For Her
  27. Herbal Inclusions for Dishes and Drinks
  28. 4 Diabetes Game Changers
  29. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 11-30-2019
  30. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Cream Cheese
  31. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 11-23-2019
  32. Wedding Planning: The Ring, Our Vendors, and More!
  33. Instant Pot Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup
  34. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 11-16-2019
  35. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 10-26-2019
  36. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 11-02-2019
  37. Roasted Potato, Mushroom, and Lentil Kale Salad
  38. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 11-09-2019
  39. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  40. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  41. What I Wednesday: FNCE in Philly!
  42. Potato, Mushroom, and Lentil Kale Salad
  43. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  44. Unearthing Evidence-Based Integrative Remedies to Stress
  45. Scribble Anxiety Away
  46. Best Hostess Gift Ever
  47. What I Ate Wednesday: Fiancé Edition!
  48. Pumpkin Walnut Burgers with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce
  49. Favorite Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes
  50. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  51. Vegan Chili Cornbread Casserole
  52. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  53. Orca Conservation
  54. Fall’s Functional Foods
  55. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  56. Healthy Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
  57. Simple Swaps for Your Zero Waste Journey
  58. Lessons on Food and Farming in Monterey, California
  59. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  60. Quick and Easy-One Pan Veggie Red Curry
  61. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 09-21-2019
  62. Here’s How to Live a more Colourful Life
  63. Cooking with CBD
  64. Eco-friendly Food Storage
  65. Bento Box Recipes
  66. How to Make Sushi Sandwich
  67. Healthy Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Dip
  68. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 09-14-2019
  69. 5 lunchbox ideas
  70. 17 Free and Easy Ways to Be a Self-Care Expert
  71. Fluffy Vegan Pumpkin Muffins
  72. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 09-07-2019
  73. 33 Mouthwatering Healthy Vegetarian Recipes for Dinner Tonight
  74. What I Ate Wednesday
  75. The Best Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing
  76. VOTE TODAY!
  77. Veggie Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce
  78. Twilight Time: Reading With Kids
  79. Keep your cool
  80. Tart Cherry Crumble Pie
  81. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  82. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  83. Your brain on… air pollution?
  84. Brain Boosters
  85. MCT oil Coconut’s healthful gift
  86. Hot right now
  87. Cupcakes for breakfast?
  88. Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
  89. What is CBD? A Guide to Health Benefits, Usage, and More!
  90. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  91. Hummus Toast – 4 Ways!
  92. What I Ate Wednesday
  93. Fluffy Vegan Blueberry Banana Muffins
  94. Advances in Colorectal Cancer Research
  95. Advances in Breast Cancer Research
  96. Cleft Palate With Cleft Lip
  97. What is CPR?
  98. What Is Dementia? Symptoms, Types, and Diagnosis
  99. Cushing Syndrome (For Parents)
  100. Do Memory Problems Always Mean Alzheimers Disease?
  101. Manganese
  102. Study Shows that Disrupted Gut Bacteria May Contribute to the Spread of Breast Cancer
  103. She Faced Breast Cancer At 16 With Little Help From Doctors. Now She’s Speaking Out On Behalf Of Black Women
  104. What Do We Know About Healthy Aging?
  105. Participating in the Arts Creates Paths to Healthy Aging
  106. Setting Goals to be More Active Slows Memory Decline in Older African Americans
  107. Study Shows Music Eases Pain and Other Symptoms for Patients Undergoing Breast Cancer Treatment
  108. 49-Year-Old Breast Cancer Patient Grateful She Didn’t Wait Until 50 for a Mammogram
  109. Teen’s Innovative “SMART Armour” Protects Breast Cancer Patients from Radiation
  110. New Drug Improves 3-Year Survival by 50% for Young Women with Stage IV Breast Cancer
  111. Young Mother’s Life Tragically Taken by Breast Cancer After She Refused Traditional Treatments
  112. NIH Study Tracks Exercise with Mobile Apps to Improve Heart Health
  113. Lion With Skin Cancer Has Received Radiation Therapy In Hospital
  114. 3rd Grader Writes Note for Teacher Battling Breast Cancer to Read Right Before Treatment
  115. Skin Care
  116. Have Back Pain? These Are the Basic Spinal Structures You Need to Know
  117. The Final Word on Whether Alcohol Actually Has Any Health Benefits
  118. New One-Time “Seed” Treatment for Breast Cancer Being Used in Philadelphia
  119. Julia Louis-Dreyfus Talks About The Side Effects of Chemotherapy
  120. Teacher on Leave for Breast Cancer Treatment Forced to Pay for Her Own Substitute
  121. 27-Year-Old Thought She Was Injured Falling Off A Horse, But Then She Learned She Had Breast Cancer
  122. Should Surgery And Radiation Be The Standard Treatment For DCIS? The COMET Study Is Finding Out
  123. Judge Rules That 3-Year-Old Child With Leukemia Must Get Chemo Against Parents’ Wishes
  124. This Charcoal Powder Drastically Whitens Teeth Without Any Chemicals
  125. These Black Cherry-Flavored Shots Help Accelerate Weight Loss
  126. Olivia Newton-John Talks About How She Stays Positive Amid Cancer Battle
  127. This Army Captain Mom Was Diagnosed with Breast Cancer When She Was Just 8 Weeks Pregnant
  128. High-Deductible Health Plans Linked to Delayed Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer
  129. Antibiotic shortages are putting Aboriginal kids at risk – The Conversation AU
  130. Cuddle beds bringing some physical comfort to end-of-life patients – ABC News
  131. People who skip breakfast are five times more likely to die after a heart attack – Daily Mail
  132. Yale researchers revive cells in dead pig brains – Yale Daily News
  133. Scientists revive cellular activity in brain of dead pigs: report – Fox News
  134. High-Deductible Health Policies Linked To Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment – NPR
  135. After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Technology Professor Teaches Computers to Read Mammograms
  136. Fact or Fiction: What to Know About Smoking Cessation and Medications
  137. If Soap and Water Are Not Available, Hand Sanitizers May Be a Good Alternative
  138. Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products
  139. One side of your brain might be giving you nightmares – Cosmos
  140. What Personality Tests Tell Us About Ourselves – NPR
  141. Having a resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute DOUBLES your risk of an early death – Daily Mail
  142. Wear protective goggles to play badminton
  143. Herbal drug kratom linked to almost 100 overdose deaths, CDC says – USA TODAY
  144. Ability to lift weights quickly can mean a longer life – EurekAlert
  145. Climate change is making allergy season worse – CNN
  146. 11 Unexpected Ways You Can Relieve Headaches – HuffPost
  147. New Jersey preschoolers have highest autism rates in the nation, researchers say
  148. Auburn gymnast who suffered severe injuries: My pain is not your entertainment
  149. A four-day work week could improve our health and cut carbon emissions
  150. Promising treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome fails large trial
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  1. Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole
  2. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: 01-18-2020
  3. Pantry 2020 Basics
  4. Top 10 Tips for Cooking Dried Legumes
  5. What I Ate Wednesday + Day In the Life
  6. Brussels Sprout Kale Caesar Salad with Rosemary Croutons
  7. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 01-11-2020
  8. Eat for your Dosha
  9. Keep it Moving
  10. No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Oatmeal Bars
  11. Apple Cider Vinegar for Digestion
  12. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 01-04-2020
  13. Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta with Chickpeas
  14. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 12-28-2019
  15. Get Well, Not High
  16. 21 Fabulously Festive Vegan Holiday Treats
  17. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 12-21-2019
  18. Vegan Lasagna Soup
  19. Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese, Roasted Grapes, and Pecans
  20. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 12-14-2019
  21. Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (Gluten-Free!)
  22. Kid-approved vegan eats
  23. Fudgy Avocado Walnut Brownies
  24. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 12-07-2019
  25. Amazing Vegan Ginger Molasses Cookies
  26. 2019 Holiday Gift Guide For Her
  27. Herbal Inclusions for Dishes and Drinks
  28. 4 Diabetes Game Changers
  29. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 11-30-2019
  30. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Cream Cheese
  31. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 11-23-2019
  32. Wedding Planning: The Ring, Our Vendors, and More!
  33. Instant Pot Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup
  34. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 11-16-2019
  35. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 10-26-2019
  36. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 11-02-2019
  37. Roasted Potato, Mushroom, and Lentil Kale Salad
  38. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 11-09-2019
  39. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  40. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  41. What I Wednesday: FNCE in Philly!
  42. Potato, Mushroom, and Lentil Kale Salad
  43. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  44. Unearthing Evidence-Based Integrative Remedies to Stress
  45. Scribble Anxiety Away
  46. Best Hostess Gift Ever
  47. What I Ate Wednesday: Fiancé Edition!
  48. Pumpkin Walnut Burgers with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce
  49. Favorite Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes
  50. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  51. Vegan Chili Cornbread Casserole
  52. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  53. Orca Conservation
  54. Fall’s Functional Foods
  55. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  56. Healthy Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
  57. Simple Swaps for Your Zero Waste Journey
  58. Lessons on Food and Farming in Monterey, California
  59. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  60. Quick and Easy-One Pan Veggie Red Curry
  61. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 09-21-2019
  62. Here’s How to Live a more Colourful Life
  63. Cooking with CBD
  64. Eco-friendly Food Storage
  65. Bento Box Recipes
  66. How to Make Sushi Sandwich
  67. Healthy Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Dip
  68. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 09-14-2019
  69. 5 lunchbox ideas
  70. 17 Free and Easy Ways to Be a Self-Care Expert
  71. Fluffy Vegan Pumpkin Muffins
  72. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan: Week of 09-07-2019
  73. 33 Mouthwatering Healthy Vegetarian Recipes for Dinner Tonight
  74. What I Ate Wednesday
  75. The Best Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing
  76. VOTE TODAY!
  77. Veggie Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce
  78. Twilight Time: Reading With Kids
  79. Keep your cool
  80. Tart Cherry Crumble Pie
  81. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  82. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  83. Your brain on… air pollution?
  84. Brain Boosters
  85. MCT oil Coconut’s healthful gift
  86. Hot right now
  87. Cupcakes for breakfast?
  88. Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
  89. What is CBD? A Guide to Health Benefits, Usage, and More!
  90. Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan
  91. Hummus Toast – 4 Ways!
  92. What I Ate Wednesday
  93. Fluffy Vegan Blueberry Banana Muffins
  94. Advances in Colorectal Cancer Research
  95. Advances in Breast Cancer Research
  96. Cleft Palate With Cleft Lip
  97. What is CPR?
  98. What Is Dementia? Symptoms, Types, and Diagnosis
  99. Cushing Syndrome (For Parents)
  100. Do Memory Problems Always Mean Alzheimers Disease?
  101. Manganese
  102. Study Shows that Disrupted Gut Bacteria May Contribute to the Spread of Breast Cancer
  103. She Faced Breast Cancer At 16 With Little Help From Doctors. Now She’s Speaking Out On Behalf Of Black Women
  104. What Do We Know About Healthy Aging?
  105. Participating in the Arts Creates Paths to Healthy Aging
  106. Setting Goals to be More Active Slows Memory Decline in Older African Americans
  107. Study Shows Music Eases Pain and Other Symptoms for Patients Undergoing Breast Cancer Treatment
  108. 49-Year-Old Breast Cancer Patient Grateful She Didn’t Wait Until 50 for a Mammogram
  109. Teen’s Innovative “SMART Armour” Protects Breast Cancer Patients from Radiation
  110. New Drug Improves 3-Year Survival by 50% for Young Women with Stage IV Breast Cancer
  111. Young Mother’s Life Tragically Taken by Breast Cancer After She Refused Traditional Treatments
  112. NIH Study Tracks Exercise with Mobile Apps to Improve Heart Health
  113. Lion With Skin Cancer Has Received Radiation Therapy In Hospital
  114. 3rd Grader Writes Note for Teacher Battling Breast Cancer to Read Right Before Treatment
  115. Skin Care
  116. Have Back Pain? These Are the Basic Spinal Structures You Need to Know
  117. The Final Word on Whether Alcohol Actually Has Any Health Benefits
  118. New One-Time “Seed” Treatment for Breast Cancer Being Used in Philadelphia
  119. Julia Louis-Dreyfus Talks About The Side Effects of Chemotherapy
  120. Teacher on Leave for Breast Cancer Treatment Forced to Pay for Her Own Substitute
  121. 27-Year-Old Thought She Was Injured Falling Off A Horse, But Then She Learned She Had Breast Cancer
  122. Should Surgery And Radiation Be The Standard Treatment For DCIS? The COMET Study Is Finding Out
  123. Judge Rules That 3-Year-Old Child With Leukemia Must Get Chemo Against Parents’ Wishes
  124. This Charcoal Powder Drastically Whitens Teeth Without Any Chemicals
  125. These Black Cherry-Flavored Shots Help Accelerate Weight Loss
  126. Olivia Newton-John Talks About How She Stays Positive Amid Cancer Battle
  127. This Army Captain Mom Was Diagnosed with Breast Cancer When She Was Just 8 Weeks Pregnant
  128. High-Deductible Health Plans Linked to Delayed Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer
  129. Antibiotic shortages are putting Aboriginal kids at risk – The Conversation AU
  130. Cuddle beds bringing some physical comfort to end-of-life patients – ABC News
  131. People who skip breakfast are five times more likely to die after a heart attack – Daily Mail
  132. Yale researchers revive cells in dead pig brains – Yale Daily News
  133. Scientists revive cellular activity in brain of dead pigs: report – Fox News
  134. High-Deductible Health Policies Linked To Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment – NPR
  135. After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Technology Professor Teaches Computers to Read Mammograms
  136. Fact or Fiction: What to Know About Smoking Cessation and Medications
  137. If Soap and Water Are Not Available, Hand Sanitizers May Be a Good Alternative
  138. Autism: Beware of Potentially Dangerous Therapies and Products
  139. One side of your brain might be giving you nightmares – Cosmos
  140. What Personality Tests Tell Us About Ourselves – NPR
  141. Having a resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute DOUBLES your risk of an early death – Daily Mail
  142. Wear protective goggles to play badminton
  143. Herbal drug kratom linked to almost 100 overdose deaths, CDC says – USA TODAY
  144. Ability to lift weights quickly can mean a longer life – EurekAlert
  145. Climate change is making allergy season worse – CNN
  146. 11 Unexpected Ways You Can Relieve Headaches – HuffPost
  147. New Jersey preschoolers have highest autism rates in the nation, researchers say
  148. Auburn gymnast who suffered severe injuries: My pain is not your entertainment
  149. A four-day work week could improve our health and cut carbon emissions
  150. Promising treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome fails large trial

This Army Captain Mom Was Diagnosed with Breast Cancer When She Was Just 8 Weeks Pregnant

Proper BCS greatergood_ctg_belowtitle

Army captain Jessica Purcell was pregnant with her first child in 2017 when she initially noticed the lump in her left breast. But when she mentioned it to her OB/GYN, she was told it was probably an infection and that she shouldn’t be too concerned about it.

Jessica, who resides in Florida, didn’t notice the lump again until 2018, when she made an appointment for a mammogram. However, on the day of her appointment, she found out she was pregnant again, so she held off getting checked out until her first prenatal appointment. Her doctor thought it was a cyst but scheduled her for an ultrasound to make sure. The radiologist who did the ultrasound, however, recommended a biopsy, and Jessica was subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer.

“It was absolutely terrible. I thought: ‘I’m pregnant, I can’t have breast cancer,’” she says. “I never expected in a million years for it to be breast cancer.”

Two months later, Jessica found herself at the hospital for a double mastectomy. Doctors took every possible precaution, and she and her unborn baby came through the operation unscathed. By then, however, the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and required chemotherapy.

Jessica initially balked at the idea of having chemotherapy while pregnant. However, her doctors were concerned she wouldn’t live long enough to meet her new child if she didn’t have the treatment.

“Chemo is poison, and I thought: “How is it even possible to even undergo chemotherapy while pregnant?” she remembers. “But I spoke to specialists and they reassured me it’s doable. You can do chemo while pregnant.”

So Jessica started the first of 16 rounds of chemotherapy and had her son during the 12th. “The whole time I was nervous and anxious but he did so well,” she says.

Jessica gave birth to a son, Jameson, in March of 2019. She had four more chemotherapy sessions before she was done with treatment, so she began asking for breast milk donations. She knew she couldn’t pass cancer cells through her breast milk, but chemotherapy drugs can be, and they may affect the infant’s cell division process. So she reached out to a local group of moms and posted on Facebook, after which she received thousands of responses from all over, even places as far away as Texas and California.

“It was completely unexpected,” she says. “I thought I would get a few local responses from women in St. Petersburg, maybe Tampa. Never in a million years did I think it would initiate such a huge response.”

Jessica has mostly stuck to moms in her area so that she can screen donors prior to using them. She’s thankful, however, to have so many options, because Jameson has responded better to breast milk than to formula.

Now that she’s gone through chemo while pregnant, Jessica wants to spread the word about the safety of chemo during pregnancy in the hopes that she can save the life of another pregnant mother who might otherwise have foregone treatment.

“The one thing is, if there’s another girl out there in my shoes—pregnant and diagnosed—there’s plenty of research out there and studies to show that it’s safe to [do] chemo,’ she says. “If my story can save another girl’s life, that’s important.”

Jessica is now completely done with her chemotherapy sessions and had the chance to ring the bell that signifies the end of chemo! Just six weeks of radiation left to go! Check out the video below.

Proper BCS greatergood_ctg_abovevideo

Moments After Car Crash, Pregnant Mom Gets Call from Doctor Saying She Has Cancer: Click “Next” below!

Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?

Proper BCS greatergood_ctg_belowcontent
Tags: , ,

Related Article

0 Comments

Leave a Comment

Other Health Blogs

About Me

Hey, I'm Jade, the person behind this website and doing whatever I can to compile the latest health news just for you! So if you're looking for the latest news on diet, exercise, best hangover cures and top trending topics that are hot off the press, you're in the right spot! Grab a cup of coffee and peruse our website for racks upon racks of articles! You're never too cool to read something new :)

jade@tophathealth.com