A woman gave birth to his son amid the COVID-19 pandemic – all while fighting breast cancer. After surviving the pains of childbirth, she is now determined to defeat the disease.
Kassandra Cerda, who gave birth to her child on June 17, 2020, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February while she was 20 weeks pregnant. "I couldn't believe it, I was pregnant and I didn't think something like that would happen to me," Cerda told People.
Although shocked by the turn of events in her life, Cerda remained courageous. The 27-year-old mother from Mission, Texas, started her chemotherapy in April after the doctors discovered that the disease had spread to her lymph nodes.
A LONG FIGHT
Aware of her friend's challenging journey, Janie Hernandez set up a GoFundMe page on May 22 to raise funds for Cerda. Hernandez created the page to help Cerda finance her expensive cancer treatment.
Hernandez said that Cerda's battle against breast cancer will be a long fight. She wanted Cerda to know that she is not alone in this difficult situation.
Cerda has about two to three weeks to recover from childbirth. Hernandez said that Cerda would soon begin her second round of chemotherapy in Houston.
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
People who learned about the funding page sent donations for Cerda's medical treatment. The page aimed to raise $15,000, but donations have reached $16, 221.
Aside from providing financial support, kind-hearted strangers sent words of encouragement for Cerda and wished for her newborn's safety. "My mom is a two-time cancer survivor and one of the most important people in my life, we're all rooting for you! You got this," a stranger wrote.
The American Cancer Society reported that there are studies showing that COVID-19 may impact cancer patients.
A SERIOUS IMPACT
The coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) pandemic is a health crisis that will stay around for some time, affecting many people across the world. The American Cancer Society reported that there are studies showing that COVID-19 may impact cancer patients.
These cancer patients are among those at high risk of serious illness from an infection. This is so because their immune systems are often weakened by cancer and its treatments.
Aside from cancer patients, people who recovered from the same illness are not spared from being at higher risk for COVID-19.
Whether they are in treatment for cancer or a survivor, health officials said it is still important for them to discuss their situation with their trusted doctors.
Now that most of the cities and businesses have re-opened, health officials stressed the importance of practicing cleanliness. They also continue to emphasize staying at home and physical distancing.
Because of physical distancing, many people are longing to hug their loved ones. One of them was Dr. Nasser Ali Al Shaharani, who broke down in tears after he stopped his son from hugging him.
In a video, Shaharani told his son not to hug him. The doctor explained that he was protecting his son from COVID-19.