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Bald, getting chemo and pregnant at 45

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, January 28, 2013 | 0 comments

She's my beautiful little girl, said Leila Sadat, who became pregnant at 45 with her third child, and learned she had breast cancer. Two years later Sadat is cancer-free, and her daughter, Emily, is healthy.For Sadat, a precautionary biopsy confirmed her worry:

What doctors initially thought was an infection of the breast tissue was actually a tumor. A tumor that grew quickly.

Her uncle, a doctor in his 80's, told her she had to have an abortion or she would die.

Her oncologist, obstetrician and other doctors at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital assured her the cancer was treatable and the baby was not at risk.

Sadat, who was 45 at the time, practices yoga, eats organic food and had never been seriously ill. It was difficult to reconcile that with pumping toxic chemicals through her blood.

"I was a pregnant happy mom. All of a sudden you're a cancer patient, and my whole essence fought that," she said. "I think I just knew that I had to wake up and do what they told me to do because I had to be there for my kids."

She fought the disease "bald and pregnant and getting chemo."

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Pantagraph.com
Read more: Hope, in a time of horror, for pregnant cancer patients
Originally posted on July 26, 2008.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
The Fertile Kitchen Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Optimizing Your Fertility, by Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque. Publisher: 3L Publishing (November 20, 2009)The Fertile Kitchen Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Optimizing Your Fertility
by Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque

-- Are you one of the millions of couples desperately trying to conceive a baby? Are you aware that diet plays a critical role in fertility? Would you like to unlock the secrets to changing your diet and potentially increasing your chances of success?

Co-authors Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque -- when confronted with Cindy's medical prognosis of a two percent chance of conceiving a baby on her own -- unlocked those secrets to develop a fertility diet that four months later produced a viable pregnancy, and soon after a healthy baby.

The Fertile KitchenCookbook includes a variety of simple-to-make tasty dishes that make the diet easy to follow. In this cookbook, the authors share these flavorful recipes, along with the dietary guidelines that helped them succeed. Additional tips and even a section on cooking basics, are included.

You will learn: The importance of diet in conception and pregnancy, what foods you can and cannot eat to enhance fertility, how to identify and shop for healthy ingredients and food items, how to prepare the nutritious and fertility-enhancing recipes included.

Paperback: 185 pages - Click to order/for more info: The Fertile Kitchen Cookbook - US | Canada | UK


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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