Meet Ryann, a recent Stage 3 breast cancer survivor.
“The donation from Helen’s Angels was such a wonderful gift and helped us out so much during my cancer treatment,” says Ryann. “Aside from the emotional and physical toll that a cancer diagnosis can take on a family, it also takes a financial toll. Helen’s Angels helped lessen the blow of the mounting medical bills, and we are so grateful.”
Prior to her cancer diagnosis, Ryann suffered two years of infertility while trying for a second baby (they have a 4 year old daughter). She and her husband had all the fertility testing done, but fell into the “unexplained infertility” category — which was a relief for them. Then in March 2020 Ryann got pregnant on her own, and they were “over the moon.” But it all came crashing down after a devastating miscarriage.
A couple weeks later, as the world shuttered to Covid-19, she felt a lump on her breast she had assumed was just another benign fibroadenoma like she had experienced in the past. On April 15, Ryann received the phone call from her doctor—she had Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma at the young age of 34.
Ryann had a bilateral mastectomy, eight rounds of chemotherapy, and 25 radiation treatments. Thankfully, she was able to go through an IVF cycle to retrieve eggs and create embryos before starting chemo that would likely damage egg quality. Five embryos were created, and she couldn’t wait until the day that she would finish treatment and be able to get pregnant again.
However, her cancer was ER+/PR+ and she was told she couldn’t carry another baby without risking cancer recurrence—she would have to rely on a gestational carrier (surrogate) to help grow their family.
“As devastating as that news was, I came to realize that it didn’t matter how our baby got here as long as I was alive, healthy, and here on this earth to raise my children and watch them grow.”
As of October 2020, Ryann is in remission and getting ready for an embryo transfer with their amazing angel of a surrogate.
“We will be welcoming our rainbow baby soon, and we couldn’t be happier.”