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At 31, Sarah Whitney was diagnosed with third stage breast cancer. And to add to the woes was the fact that she was twenty weeks pregnant. Here's the story of Sarah Whitney, about how she survived through the ordeal and finally came to the point of being able to breastfeed her new-born, Kal-El, with the remainder of her breasts.
Sarah Whitney, who was diagnosed with breast cancer while being pregnant, was lucky enough to be able to breastfeed her newborn, Kal-El. It was a moment of pure joy, and the photos speak aloud of the happiness.
"My heart was pounding the whole time. When he latched on and Sarah announced it, the room was electrified. So much excitement and joy and I started snapping away. I was very teary-eyed. I knew how much that moment meant to Sarah and it was just breathtaking watching a miracle happening right in front of us," says Murray, the photographer who captured the moment.
"I breastfed my first two children and I loved it…instinctively, innately it was important to me, and I loved breastfeeding them," said Whitney. "I was looking forward to doing that again with my child and having that bond, so when they told me not only would I not have the delivery I wanted - the drug-free, the natural, the water birth - but that I wouldn't be able to breastfeed…I was heartbroken."
Sarah has finished her radiation treatment, but is no longer able to breastfeed her baby. "It is still, to this day, the hardest thing to deal with. Every day, it's a constant reminder when I'm feeding my son a bottle - that I can't breastfeed him," she says.