our daughter, whom i call “nugget,” was conceived via ivf after a long, painful struggle with infertility.

now i’m a full-fledged attachment parenting, extended nursing, child-led weaning*, co-sleeping, green living, suburban dwelling, still infertile, stay-at-home mother of one.

*in may of 2008, i was diagnosed with hodgkin’s lymphoma. we had to stop nursing for chemotherapy. this is clearly not what i had in mind when i chose to practice child-led weaning.

i pumped through chemo and we were able to resume nursing after treatment. now i try to remember our nursing hiatus as just a bump in the road. a really, really huge, scary, awful bump that no one should ever have to endure.

sadly, my june 2009 scan showed the cancer was back. i had worked so hard to get back to “normal” and then the rug was pulled out from under me yet again.

i underwent an autologous stem cell transplant in november 2009. wow, that sucked.

my april 2010 scan finally showed what we were hoping for. nothing.

so, now we wait and hope and pray that it never, ever comes back.

you can read more about how i juggled cancer, chemotherapy and breastfeeding here: mother’s milk

please join me and my family as we forever stand up to cancer.
click here to join my su2c.org team.

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