(4/4) “Before we even knew for sure that it was cancer, we had discussed doing the double mastectomy and looking for donor milk if needed. I have become such a breastmilk advocate in my journey with my son that for me, formula didn’t feel like an option I wanted to consider. The community here is awesome. I just bought a second freezer which is being delivered soon. I have been shocked by how much support I have found here. I have a one lady who has provided a little bit of colostrum for me already. I’m really hoping to find more donors over the next few months to ensure my daughter has everything she needs to remain breastfed. I’m young, and am otherwise healthy. It’s not affecting me as much as it could if I was older, but the 4-5 days after chemo, if I walk to the grocery store, I get out of breath and need a nap. My family has been so supportive and great, they have come to visit after every round of chemo to help around the house and with my toddler. I have a rambunctious two and a half year old and it can be exhausting. He is so funny. He lifts my shirt to give my belly a kiss; he gives her kisses regularly. Last night, I asked him if he was excited to have the baby come out of mommy’s belly, and he said “no out of mommy’s belly!” I was like, well she’s going to come out and be a baby girl. He said “no! stay in mommy’s belly!” But once she is here she won’t be going back!"
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