came the surprise of the pregnancy test, and the surge of emotions
that followed: Another baby? Now? Are we ready? But a follow-up
visit to the doctor brought a surprise that made the earlier roller
coaster of emotions pale by comparison. Pregnancy, yes, but something
else, too: Cancer. Cervical cancer.
had no idea I had cancer before they told me at my first prenatal
visit," says Renita Hampton of Sacramento. Hampton, 28, a mother
of four, couldn't believe her ears when she got a phone call from
the health clinic that she had just visited for prenatal care. A
Pap smear followed by a colposcopy revealed a small tumor in her
cervix. She was three months' pregnant.
similar whirlwind landed at the doorstep of Celia Lopez. First diagnosed
with cervical cancer, the Stockton resident was considering her
treatment options when, a few months later, she learned she was
was on the pill. I was in shock," says Lopez, 45, who has four
sons, three of them adults. "I never expected to have another
baby at my age."
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