Hi, I’m Austyn. As long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a mom of four kids, three boys and a girl to be exact. My husband and I married young and had our first boy when I was just 23. Just before my 24th birthday we had our second boy and two years later we found our we were pregnant with twins (and they were boy/girl)! It was pretty incredible to know I had the family I always dreamed of. It was also incredibly overwhelming knowing we were going to have 4 kinds ages 4 and under.
When I was 32 weeks along in my pregnancy I noticed a strange dimple in breast, I did a self exam and found a lump. I went into the doctors immediately and was told it was probably fine but I could get testing if I wanted. I had to have several tests done within the next few weeks. (Oh yeah, I was on bed rest too for my pregnancy.)
Several weeks later we got the results that I had breast cancer, we later discovered it was stage 3. Our twins were born 10 days later. All of a sudden I was a mom of four and starting a year long journey of chemo, surgery and radiation.
That whole year was a blur. I honestly have huge holes in my memory of it because we were in such survival mode. But there are some pretty incredible things I DO remember.
I remember my incredible husband taking the lead in parenting, changing hundreds of diapers, getting up for the night feedings, reading books, all while going to my doctor appointments and working full time.
I remember our community, family, friends and church creating schedules to give us meals, clean our house, take care of babies and run errands for us.
I remember taking a nap everyday with my two year old because we both got exhausted everyday at the same time.
I remember snuggling on the couch with my sweet kids a lot.
I remember amazing doctors and nurses going above and beyond to not only give me the best care but get to know me.
And I remember the moment I walked out of my last treatment CANCER FREE.
Cancer is the worst. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But I can’t lie, it gave me some pretty incredible memories to drown out the bad.
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