Cancer survivor hopes to inspire others in their fight for life

Raina Stromberg was seven months pregnant when she learned she had an aggressive form of breast cancer. (Submitted by Raina Stromberg)

She is a Manitoba wife, mother and cancer survivor with a story she wanted to tell about life, loss and love. And so, when CBC Manitoba created a form for our audience to “Pitch a Story,” she reached out to the CBC and asked to share her’s.

(Raina Stromberg/ special to CBC News) — Becoming a parent and facing serious illness are chapters many people face during some point in life. But most people don’t have those two chapters collide at warp speed.

I did.

On Oct. 3, 2017, I heard four terrifying words: “You have breast cancer.”

I was almost 34 and I was seven months pregnant.

I went from finding a lump in the shower to having my world fall apart, all in a matter of weeks.

I was finally beginning to enjoy pregnancy after being very anxious for the first two trimesters. My husband and I had suffered a late loss of twins in the second trimester the year before, so I’d had a hard time staying calm during this pregnancy.

Then, BOOM! I was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. (…)

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