OCEAN PINES, Md. - The Buchanans look just like any happy family. But their story about how baby makes three is far from ordinary. It's an unbelievable survival story, which started in October 2011.
"Very, very excited," Kelly Buchanan remembers how she felt the day she found out she was pregnant. "We had a whole month of knowing we were pregnant and just having a happy normal pregnancy."
But just weeks into her pregnancy with her son Brooks, Doctors told Kelly they found a mass growing in her abdomen. "They didn't think it could be cancer," explains Kelly. "They said 'there's no way you could get pregnant if you had cancer.'"
But a week before Thanksgiving that year, she and her husband, Scott, learned the frightening truth. "I can remember Scott and I were sitting on the couch watching the Biggest Loser and I just got in the most pain ever. I couldn't stand up. I couldn't move. I sat here for an hour just seeing if it would go away. And it was just so bad. I couldn't do anything to comfort myself."
Their initial thought was Kelly was having a miscarriage. But at the hospital doctors found that the mass in her abdomen had erupted. So they rushed Kelly to Christiana Hospital in Delaware.
Emergency surgery revealed the ovarian cancer. Doctors wasted no time removing her right ovary and fallopian tube, and they told the Buchanans Kelly would have to start chemo. At that time, she was about 3 months pregnant.
"It was very overwhelming," admits Scott, overcome with emotion, recalling their feelings that day. "We had to be strong. We had to live day by day."
Kelly's doctor told her she had to decide if she wanted to fight the cancer aggressively or take a less aggressive route to save her life. She tells WMDT, it was one of the hardest decisions she had to make, "Sometimes options are scarier. You just want somebody to tell you what to do." She opted to go with the less aggressive treatment, "The doctor had to keep reassuring us that I have to be around for my baby. You can't just worry about having him, and you've got to be around for twenty to thirty...as many years as possible...obviously to raise him."
The last month and a half of the pregnancy, Kelly was hospitalized. And despite the chemotherapy, Brooks was born a healthy baby boy. He came about 4 weeks early, but amazingly he had no severe complications from the cancer treatment.
Check out Part 2 of this story for more on the Buchanans and Brooks, the miracle baby who Kelly says saved her life.
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