Tricia Dow Tricia is a mom of two who lost the battle with melanoma in late 2014. Her posts about fighting the disease while parenting and keeping life normal for her kids remain on Mumbling Mommy in tribute. Rest in peace, sweet Tricia.

I was intimidated at the prospect of writing for a blog, probably the same fear my 86-year-old grandfather has when someone talks about sending him a text message. But here goes…

My name is Tricia. I am a 34-year-old mother of two. I have a five-year-old son, Alex, and a one-year-old daughter, Evelyn. My husband Jason and I planned very well for our first child because I am an obsessive planner by nature. Our second child was a complete surprise though. I still ask her on a weekly basis, “Where did you come from?” But thank God she is here.

The last year and a half has been a complete roller coaster ride for my family. Once I got over the shock that our second child was on the way, I started to get really excited about it. I found out the weekend of July 4, 2010 that I was expecting a baby girl. I was over the moon — couldn’t wait to buy pink. Despite my constant worry about money and how we would manage a second child, I felt like that luckiest girl in the world. That feeling, however, didn’t last very long.

On August 24, 2010, I went to my family doctor to find out the results of a biopsy from under my arm. I was told that I had stage III melanoma. I received a cancer diagnosis at 28 weeks pregnant. I immediately went home and looked up every bit of information that I could on my cancer… it’s good to be proactive, right? Turns out, no, not so good for me. All of the information that I found pointed to less than five years for survival. Only about 30% of the people with my diagnosis make it past the five year mark. This was not the most promising information but I kept searching for positive material. I never did any that was slightly helpful or uplifting, and I haven’t researched my cancer since that first dreary day.

Well, it has now been more than a year and I’m still here. I am not the same person that I was when I walked through my doctor’s office door back in August 2010, but I think I’m a better one. Definitely have a totally different perspective on life, family and what I want from myself and others. According to my medical records, I am “stage III with no signs of cancer at this time” but I prefer to describe myself as being cancer-free.

I look forward to sharing some experiences with those who want to come along with me. I would love to tell you that I’m a medical anomaly and no one but me has ever been diagnosed with cancer while pregnant, but as I sadly found out, there are a lot of us. Thanks for giving me a chance to share.

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Category: Health

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