Diagnosed With Breast Cancer While Pregnant, She Rejected Abortion and Had a Breast Removed Instead

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Apr 27, 2015   |   1:53PM   |   Washington, DC

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer during pregnancy is very rare, affecting approximately 1 in every 3,000 pregnant women. However, unfortunately, when breast cancer is discovered during pregnancy it’s often diagnosed at a more advanced stage and is more likely to have spread to the lymph nodes.

Photographer Kate Murray decided to share the story of one pregnant woman with breast cancer through her pictures and captured the moment she held her son for the first time.

Murray posted the pictures on Facebook and captioned them with this statement:

“This is the definition of strength, love, and pure raw beauty. Mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer halfway through pregnancy with her surprise gender baby. She had one breast removed and underwent chemo while carrying her miracle baby. She was induced at 36 weeks in order to receive more treatment.

Baby BOY was born ready to prove to the world his strength he inherited from his strong mommy. He latched on to her remaining breast all on his own and the room erupted in so many emotions. Breastfeeding is such a sacred bond, and this one just makes my heartbreak and swell at the same time. I am beyond blessed to have met and gotten to know this woman and her family, and so honored she asked me to be there to document these precious moments.”

Additionally, Murray asked her followers to share the images and to “continue to pray for this family as they go into their next journey together.”

View the breathtaking pictures below. (WARNING: One image contains partial nudity.)

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