Survivor Feature Profiles by Melissa Karrer, Photography by Phillips Mitchell
In salute of Breast Cancer Awareness Month TOPS is proud to share the stories of 23 survivors.
Meet Molly Newland.
Hearing the words “brace yourself for cancer” while 8 weeks into pregnancy is a considerable shock. At age 32,
Molly found a lump after attending a MOPS meeting discussing the importance of self-exams. She was expecting her third child. Her thoughts were that she had two little girls and a husband at home who were counting on her, and a baby on the way. For Molly, that was pretty good motivation to stay strong.
Molly also felt peace knowing that “God had placed us on this path for a reason and I knew that He would see us through the diagnosis, treatment and beyond.”
Her biggest challenge was taking into consideration what was best not only for her, but also for her baby. She surrounded herself with a medical team that would work together as a team. She found support and strength through God, her husband, Jason, as well as family, fellow survivors, church family and her medical staff.
Now 5 years later, Molly is the owner of Kid to Kid Lexington and is a busy mom of 3 daughters. “Cancer has helped me step out of my comfort zone,” she admits. She and her family look at opportunities differently than they did before cancer. They took a risk and bought a business and also moved to a neighborhood they really wanted to live in. “Cancer has taught me how to rely fully on God,” she says.
Molly wants to let women facing cancer while pregnant know that you can have surgery and chemotherapy treatments and still have a happy, healthy baby.