September 23, 2021
Karyn envisions a sparkling funeral full of fairy lights as a deadly disease makes its way through her body. This mother's eyes are set on being the best mother possible before she says her last goodbyes to her fragile newborn.
A pregnant Karyn was rushed to hospital, with doctors performing an emergency C-section on the 38-year-old. However, the newly single mother's celebration of the birth of her daughter Billi Ra was curtailed.
Holding the mom's hand, a doctor told Karyn that she needed to search for Billi's guardian. They informed her that she had Stage-4 breast cancer, which had spread throughout her body, giving her approximately three weeks to live.
Taking to GoFundMe to raise funds for the single mother, healthcare professional Camilla Chaplin dove deeper into the story. She explained that her client left the hospital after two weeks, even though doctors predicted she could not do so, expressing:
"Karyn weaned herself off fentanyl and morphine so she could be...present with Billi who would spend...two months in hospital."
Karyn chose to treat herself with chemotherapy and hormone blockers, along with complementary medicine, which the healthcare professional specializes in. The mother then, at last, brought her baby daughter home.
However, Chaplin has expressed concerns over what this may do to her client's physical and emotional health. She explained that the exhaustion of being a single mother with a newborn while battling cancer is a severe challenge.
Speaking about her funeral, she... imagines a celebration with fairy lights.
Although the mom has received significant support, the healthcare professional believes she needs a night nanny and extra money for medical bills. The GoFundMe account has so far reached just over $36,000 of its $20,000 goal.
Karyn has spoken about her journey with cancer and being a single mom. The mother said she was in total shock and disbelief at the beautiful and then tragic news she had received.
However, she expressed, once she got to finally cradle her newborn and feel her baby's skin on her skin, the reality of her mortal situation genuinely sunk in.
The mom said she hasn't made her mind up about her funeral but imagines a celebration with fairy lights. Karyn's thoughts appear more focused on living, stating that since her diagnosis, she has become more present, also expressing:
“I chose love and gratefulness and I have been using that throughout all of this since.”
The mother has opened up about her hope that Billi remembers her in a good light, wishing that she will be proud of her mother. With this newborn at 19 weeks, Karyn has truly beat medical prophecies.
A mother's profound strength and love for their children extend to all corners of the earth. Marie Harper embodied this power reflected in her innovation when determinedly caring for her kids.
This mom of 5 chose to melt snow in a crawfish pot to bathe her kids after losing access to water. Harper had to turn to this extreme measure after losing water supply in her home because of the combination of low temperatures notable for Louisiana in the winter.
A clip showed her shoveling heaps of snow into the pot and settling it to boil on a stove. Whether with presence or pots, these two moms know how to turn a negative situation around.
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