My Story: Breast Cancer Survivor Gets Fighting Chance At Motherhood
Imagine being diagnosed with one of the most rare and aggressive forms of breast cancer, given a five percent chance to live and told having children will never be an option. Kommah McDowell, a southern California woman, was told just that. At age 29, Kommah was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, which is rare and very aggressive. It accounts for only one to five percent of all cases diagnosed in the United States.
“This diagnosis was of course devastating and incredibly difficult to process – for me and my family,” Kommah recently shared with BlackDoctor.org. “I remember so clearly the doctor telling me that the treatment was so aggressive that I wouldn’t be able to have children. My husband and I wanted to have four kids, and that was very hard to hear.”
“I just remember thinking that this was it. This was my story and I decided I was ready to do everything in my power to survive.”
Kommah decided to get a second opinion at City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer center near Los Angeles. Immediately, she knew she was in great hands. Her radiation oncologist told her he wanted to give her a “fighting chance” to not only live, but also be a mother.