Pregnant Mom Told She Had Clogged Duct. Then Learns It’s Stage 4 Cancer and Given Months to Live (Exclusive)

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  • Lindsey Parr Gritton was 36 weeks pregnant when she went to the OBGYN with concern a couple of burning lump in her breast
  • Every week later, she discovered it was stage 4 breast most cancers and was given six months to stay
  • Gritton was induced early so she may begin her chemotherapy as quickly as potential, starting her prolonged therapy plan only one week after delivery

Lindsey Parr Gritton was simply weeks away from welcoming a brand new bundle of pleasure when she acquired the devastating information that her household’s future would possibly by no means be the identical.

In April 2022, the Georgia mother was 36 weeks pregnant together with her second child when she visited her OBGYN with a “lump that was burning in my breast,” she tells PEOPLE.

“I went there and she or he thought it was a clogged duct or like mastitis of some type,” she remembers. “They did not suspect something.”

By her personal suggestion, Gritton requested to get an ultrasound, noting she does not suppose she’d be alive at the moment if she did not advocate for herself. “I actually saved my very own life simply by asking for that,” she says.

A number of days later, Gritton had her ultrasound and acquired a name that day with information that the lump was “extremely suspected of most cancers.”

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Lindsey Parr Gritton being pregnant photograph.

Lindsey Parr Gritton

“I used to be actually scared,” Gritton remembers. “It was actually an emotional time for me as a result of I used to be pregnant and anticipating my second daughter and I had had a miscarriage earlier than her, so this was an enormous deal. I used to be anticipating my rainbow child.”

Shortly after, Gritton had the lump biopsied and acquired phrase that she had “a extremely aggressive kind of breast most cancers,” although on the time they weren’t conscious if it had unfold. “We simply knew that it was tremendous aggressive, and I had two breast tumors and plenty of lymph nodes in my armpit.”

“Everybody was simply devastated and could not imagine it, as a result of we haven’t any historical past of breast most cancers in my household on both facet. My mother or my dad’s facet, no most cancers in any respect, actually,” she says. “It was a shock.”

The next week, Gritton was induced early at 37 weeks “simply to get her out so I may begin therapy as quickly as potential.”

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Lindsey Parr in hospital with daughter.

Lindsey Parr Gritton

Gritton’s expertise when welcoming daughter Savannah Grace additionally brought on alarm.

“I bought induced and I began bleeding quite a bit. I used to be passing large blood clots, they usually have been actually anxious as a result of there was only a ton of blood,” she tells PEOPLE. “They saved placing towels underneath me as a result of I used to be shedding a lot blood they usually did not know in the event that they have been going to must do an emergency C-section or not.”

“I advised them I did not wish to do a C-section as a result of it could postpone my chemo for my therapy, and I did not wish to try this. I needed a fast restoration so I may simply begin chemo as quickly as potential,” she says. “Fortunately we have been in a position to get the newborn out, however her coronary heart price saved dropping and it was only a actually scary time. After I gave delivery, the bleeding miraculously stopped.”

Only one week after welcoming her daughter, Gritton, who additionally shares daughter Saylor, 3, with husband Spencer, began her chemotherapy therapies.

“It was fully devastating,” she says.

“I had the PET scan instantly after giving delivery they usually had advised me I had six months to stay,” she shares, noting that the most cancers had unfold and she or he had over a dozen tumors in her liver. “It was just like the day after, and it was simply all unhealthy information.”

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Lindsey Parr with daughter.

Lindsey Parr Gritton

Gritton says she went each three weeks to the hospital for her infusions, the place she needed to sit for 3 hours to get three medicines, together with chemo and immunotherapy medicine.

“It was actually, actually arduous,” she says of the therapies and being away from her daughters. “Fortunately I had plenty of assist. My husband works from dwelling so he was in a position to assist quite a bit after which [we had] my mother and father and his mother and father.”

Throughout her six months of therapy, Gritton says she was nonetheless in a position to spend time together with her household and felt she “loved each second much more as a result of I believed I used to be with restricted time.”

“I used to be taking in each second, attempting to absorb the whole lot,” she remembers. “I made a scrapbook, I wrote letters to my youngsters, I made movies, the whole lot. I used to be attempting to do the whole lot I may.”

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Lindsey Parr with daughter.

Lindsey Parr Gritton

Midway by means of Gritton’s therapy plan, the mother of two had a scan that confirmed her tumors have been shrinking.

“We knew that was actually good. We simply did not know the way lengthy this therapy was going to work for,” she explains. “After which on the finish of chemo, we weren’t anticipating it, however the whole lot was gone. My scan confirmed nothing was there.”

“We have been so completely happy after we discovered there was no most cancers in my physique. We could not, truthfully, nobody may imagine it. It was actually loopy and surreal.”

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Lindsey Parr with daughter.

Lindsey Parr Gritton

“After that, I went and had a lumpectomy, in order that they eliminated the place the tumor initially was, they usually took out a bunch of lymph nodes,” she continues. “After which that bought despatched to pathology to see if there have been any remaining most cancers cells in there that we may see on the scan. And that got here again with nothing there.”

“My physician continues to be fully shocked that I am nonetheless in remission,” provides Gritton, who says she nonetheless will get immunotherapy and can proceed to return for scans each six months. “It is only a miracle.”

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Lindsey Parr with household.

Lindsey Parr Gritton

Now a yr and a half after her preliminary analysis, Gritton says she’s feeling nice, “even higher than I did earlier than all this occurred.”

The mother of two tells PEOPLE she’s attempting to “stay within the second and never the previous” as she celebrates essential milestones recently alongside her household, together with her thirtieth birthday and daughter Savannah’s first.

“It is actually surreal as a result of I simply did not suppose I would be right here. So each second is simply unimaginable,” she shares.

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Lindsey Parr with household.

Lindsey Parr Gritton

As she displays on her expertise, Gritton explains why she felt it was essential to doc her story on-line and proceed sharing updates at the moment.

“I needed to share my story and produce consciousness. Everybody thinks breast most cancers occurs after the age of 40. You do not actually give it some thought occurring in your 20s,” she says.

“It is loopy, as a result of I did all these movies once I was first identified, and I by no means posted them. I keep in mind I posted the primary video on TikTok sort of only for my youngsters to have the video to look again on. I did not anticipate it to explode that a lot,” she continues. “I could not imagine it.”

She additionally says she’s been in a position to join with different folks by means of social media who shared related experiences.

“I even have two actually good mates that had the identical kind of most cancers in me who’re additionally in remission. We have related and we speak by means of video chats,” she says. “It has been superior.”

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