Mothers Choose Life Over Cancer: Stories of Faith and Sacrifice
In a remarkable display of faith and determination, two mothers faced with cancer diagnoses refused to abort their unborn children. Their stories serve as powerful reminders of the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
Tasha Kann: A Test of Faith
The year was 2022 when Tasha Kann, a young mother from Michigan, experienced a debilitating migraine during her pregnancy. Little did she know that this would lead to a life-changing discovery. Doctors diagnosed Kann with an aggressive malignant brain tumor, anaplastic astrocytoma grade III, when she was 20 weeks pregnant.
“We recommend that you get an abortion,” Kann recalled doctors telling her. “They all looked at me and told me my best chances of survival would be to get an abortion and start treatment immediately — which might give me five to eight years of survival.”
However, Kann’s unwavering faith in God led her to reject the doctors’ advice. She firmly believed that her baby’s life was worth fighting for, regardless of the dire prognosis.
“I told them absolutely not,” Kann said, adding that she felt “disgusted” that this was something she’d be recommended to do. “If the cancer was already as bad as they said, killing my baby wouldn’t have saved me anyway.”
With deep conversations with Jesus and an unyielding trust in His promises, Kann gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Gracey in October. Despite her ongoing battle with cancer, Kann finds strength in her family’s support and continues to fight.
Ellie Whittaker: A Mother’s Sacrifice
In another inspiring story, Ellie Whittaker faced a similar dilemma when doctors diagnosed her with stage two Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. They advised her to have an abortion due to potential complications from cancer treatment.
“There was no way I was going to give her up so I chose to delay it,” Whittaker told The Daily Mail.
Whittaker’s determination to protect her unborn child led her to postpone cancer treatment until after giving birth. Fortunately, her scans revealed that she could safely wait until delivery to begin treatment.
In March of 2020, Whittaker welcomed a healthy baby into the world and embarked on an aggressive cancer treatment journey. After enduring 20 rounds of chemotherapy, she received the incredible news that she was cancer-free.
“I lived with it for so long it’s weird that it’s finally gone — I can’t believe it,” she said. “Everyone’s supported me in many ways. I had to wait two weeks for the results from my final scan which was agony. I’m so pleased it’s gone and I can focus on being a mum.”
These stories of Tasha Kann and Ellie Whittaker serve as powerful reminders of the strength and resilience of mothers who choose life over cancer. Their unwavering faith and sacrifice inspire us all.
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