Linda Blair with her daughter, Ava
In her nineteenth week of pregnancy, Linda was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. It spread to her lymph nodes and she immediately began chemotherapy while pregnant. After three chemotherapy treatments and 27 weeks into the pregnancy, Linda was met with another challenge. Her water broke and she was rushed by ambulance to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for an emergency C-section. Born three months early and weighing just over two pounds, baby Ava struggled for life while Linda fought for her own. Just a week after her C-section, Linda continued chemotherapy while attending to her daughter every spare moment. Ava spent 74 days in the NICU, and overcame her extreme prematurity to become a healthy girl. Linda finished her treatments, is doing great, and has been a leading area advocate for cancer and children’s charities. Linda has used her experience as a springboard to drive and lead positive change into our community.
And Give Us 5 was born.
Linda’s Blog shows some of the resources that Linda and her family used.