2018 Banquet Video

Lorraine’s Story

Lorraine was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2017. The diagnosis came just two days before her thirty first birthday. She was told that she had to go on a hormone blocker and would probably never be able to have children. It would be another month before she realized she was pregnant. Her oncologist told her that pregnant women have had chemotherapy before and were able to have beautiful healthy babies. It had its risks and not every doctor on her cancer team felt this way. She said, “It became quite clear to me that my baby was my silver lining. My little angel to get me through cancer.” Being told that one of the risks with both the mastectomy and chemotherapy was preterm labor and lower birth weights, and since this was her first pregnancy she was desperate for knowledge to prepare myself for any outcome. She said, “I googled pregnancy classes in Fitchburg and found CareNet Pregnancy Resource Center. Each week I came in and received my own pregnancy class with two nurses. They taught me the signs and symptoms of labor and what to expect in a preterm situation. While going through the hardest time in my life, I was grateful to have them as a resource because they provided me with so much comfort and peace in unknown territory.”