Many of you may already be familiar with our beloved friend and former co-worker, Shanna, wife to another beloved friend and co-worker, Ricky. In the winter of 2020, 3 months pregnant, Shanna thought she felt a lump. Knowing how much bodies change with pregnancy, she didn’t get it checked out immediately. When June rolled around and the lump had grown, she decided to get an ultrasound. During the ultrasound they were able to tell her that yes, she did have breast cancer. 34 weeks pregnant, Shanna now had to face a terrifying and uncertain future. A biopsy soon confirmed her diagnosis and then Shanna began a litany of appointments and doctor referrals to determine the treatment that would keep her and her baby safe.
She began two rounds of Red Devil chemotherapy while she was pregnant. Shanna and Ricky both donated their hair to Children With Hair Loss, an organization that takes donated hair and makes wigs for children who need them, and donates the wigs at no cost to the recipient.
Shanna says that she was very fortunate to have a lot of support around her, including friends, family, and co-workers. Shanna sang the praises of the Angel Foundation's twin cities local chapter and how kind, helpful, and supportive they were during this very difficult time in her life. At 37 weeks pregnant Shanna took a break from chemo to have her baby, Arthur, who was thankfully in good health. Shanna got to take a month off to be a mom and then it was back to chemo for another 20-30 rounds. In February Shanna had a lumpectomy and in April she began radiation.
Shanna has been in remission since March and is doing very well. We thank her for allowing us to share her story with you as we honor her and all of the people whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.
The Angel Foundation is a Minnesota based organization that offers relief to adults with cancer and their loved ones through financial assistance, education, and emotional support. Since 2001, Angel Foundation has supported people with cancer and those affected and given over $12 million in financial assistance. They have also provided over 40,000 service programs to local adults in need as well as their families.