Mum given horror cancer diagnosis at 17-weeks pregnant has healthy baby girl

A first-time mum who underwent gruelling chemotherapy treatment for half of her pregnancy has told of her relief after giving birth to a healthy baby girl.

Suzanne Roche, from Dublin, received the shock diagnosis she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she was just 17 weeks pregnant, the Irish Mirror reports .

Alarm bells were raised when doctors discovered a swollen lymph node in the 34-year-old’s neck.

She explained: “I was lucky the treatment didn’t hit me too hard – I didn’t lose my hair and I wasn’t very sick with it.

“The worst was the fatigue – it was incredible fatigue – I was exhausted all the time.”

Going through chemotherapy while being pregnant is a concern for many women and while Suzanne was able to continue, she did have to take a break a month before her daughter Zoe was due.

She told RSVP Live : “I tried to keep things as ‘normal’ as possible, I kept working as much as I was able, taking time off each time I had chemo.

“By all accounts I had a standard pregnancy – I went to all the prenatal classes, took my prenatal vitamins, tried to keep up some sort of exercise.

“My obstetrician kept a close eye on myself and the baby and I got regular scans.

“I started chemotherapy treatment in my 20th week of the pregnancy and had eight sessions before we stopped around about a month before I was due to give my body a break and allow me to recover before childbirth."

“I was lucky to have had a natural birth which went smoothly. About three weeks after Zoe was born I went back to finish my chemotherapy, completing my treatment in November 2016.”

“About three weeks after Zoe was born I went back to finish my chemotherapy, completing my treatment in November 2016.”

Suzanne and her husband, Will, were delighted their daughter arrived safe and healthy.

Suzanne beamed: “She was so perfect and it was such a relief to see her after such an anxious wait throughout the pregnancy.”

Two years later and the 34-year-old is now in remission and her little girl is perfectly healthy.

Suzanne says she was very well looked after by her medical team but she had great support in her inner circle as well.

Suzanne now takes part in the annual 5K Colour Dash in Dublin to help raise money for the Irish Cancer Society.

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