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Cancer-Stricken Mom Gives up Eye to Save Her Unborn Baby
Life Site News ^ | 6/5/14 | Kirsten Andersen

Posted on 06/09/2014 8:11:57 AM PDT by marshmallow

EDMONTON, AB, June 5, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An expectant Canadian mother is asking for prayers and financial support after the cancer she beat nearly five years ago returned just after becoming pregnant with her first baby.

Chantal Gauthier-Vaillancourt, a popular midwife in Edmonton, was first diagnosed with malignant melanoma in her right eye in 2009. Ocular melanoma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that can be fatal if left untreated, as it often spreads to the liver and other organs.

Gauthier-Vaillancourt underwent radiation therapy and natural treatments to fight the cancer, and she was soon told by doctors that the cancer was in remission. However, they warned her to wait to become pregnant, as the biggest risk for a recurrence of cancer is within the first five years of remission. It is not considered safe to undergo radiation therapy during pregnancy due to the high risk of injury to the baby.

Gauthier-Vaillancourt followed her doctor’s orders and waited five years before trying for a baby with her husband. The couple were overjoyed when they learned they had conceived, but just eight weeks into the pregnancy, doctors delivered some devastating news: the cancer was back. Even worse, there was a 25 percent chance it would spread to the baby through the placenta.

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TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues; Prayer; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: cancer; prolife

1 posted on 06/09/2014 8:11:57 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

From the story:

At 28 weeks, Gauthier-Vaillancourt’s doctors gave her the bad news – while her placenta is still free of tumors, the melanoma’s continued growth means the chances the cancer will spread to her baby have jumped to 70 percent.

That risk was too great for Gauthier-Vaillancourt to accept, but she still did not want to undergo radiation therapy that could harm the growing baby inside of her. So she made a drastic decision – in order to save her baby, she will let doctors remove her entire eye.


2 posted on 06/09/2014 8:22:38 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

St. Gianna Molla pray for this woman.


3 posted on 06/09/2014 8:23:11 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow

Also pray that the baby is born perfectly healthy.


4 posted on 06/09/2014 8:25:23 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Bulwyf
Perhaps you don't know the story of St. Gianna Molla.

At least read one of these links.

Prepare to be amazed! The 2nd miracle of St. Gianna Molla
Daughter of St. Gianna Molla to Visit U.S. for the First Time
A Holy Couple Reunited in Heaven—Death of Pietro Molla, Husband of St. Gianna Beretta Molla ....
Catholic Health Center for Women Opens in Manhattan (Gianna Center)
Daughter of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla Attends US March for Life
A patron saint for life (Gianna Beretta Molla)
Pope Canonizes Gianna Molla; Secular Media at a Loss
Bl. Gianna Beretta Molla
Gianna Beretta, Who Died for Her Unborn Child, to Be Canonized (She Refused Cancer Treatment)
Gianna Beretta Molla Offered Life For Her [Unborn]Child
Blessed Gianna[Gianna Beretta Molla]

6 posted on 06/09/2014 8:50:13 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow

God bless this woman


7 posted on 06/09/2014 9:03:39 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Bulwyf

my sentiments exactly - expect to be placed on the Catholic hater list


8 posted on 06/09/2014 9:17:04 AM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: Bulwyf

exactly.

Christians pray to Jesus. I don’t know what faith prays to dead human mortals.


9 posted on 06/09/2014 9:23:45 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL; Revelation 911; Bulwyf

When you die, your body dies. But not your soul. Your soul goes to meet Jesus Christ, perfect justice, who will send you one way or the other.

The saints in heaven hear our prayers and pray for us.

Even here on earth, did you ever call someone and have them say, “Oh, I was just thinking about you!”


10 posted on 06/09/2014 10:32:10 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow

Prayers are on the way.


11 posted on 06/09/2014 10:35:23 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Salvation

Jesus hears our prayers, pray as he did.

If you insist on praying to Saints, just pray to me, I’m a saint. It might be easier just to phone though, I’m not Omni present, only God is.


12 posted on 06/09/2014 10:54:41 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Revelation 911

I’ve been on the Catholic hater list for a while now.

I pray that eyes are opened though and that the Holy spirit moves people to open their eyes to the truths of God’s word. I would love nothing more than to call them brothers and sisters in Christ.


13 posted on 06/09/2014 10:56:26 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: marshmallow
Here's another article about another woman with the same type of eye cancer who had to make the same decision.

In the case of Mrs. Gauthier-Vaillancourt it sounds like the initial radiation treatment of her eye was incomplete. The article mentions her use of "natural treatments". No such treatments are known to be effective for ocular melanoma.

14 posted on 06/09/2014 11:13:07 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: marshmallow

God will SMILE on this mother and Bless her forever!!


15 posted on 06/09/2014 11:14:33 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Salvation; GeronL; Bulwyf; xzins; P-Marlowe
“Oh, I was just thinking about you!”

what happens in the physical in no way translates to Gods Heavenly Realm. I'm lost on where the Bible...even your NASB says Saints intercede, having the ability to pray for us

.....and this is where you (Catholics) lose people - you have to admit there are some extra-Biblical behaviors going on, no?

In a rigid sense, having these earthly intercessors, chosen by our hand, diminish the role of Christ in intercessory matters and begins to erode the Triune nature of the Godhead....and we've not even touch on Mary's intercessory works.

that said - Ive pinged the others you pinged as well- my apologies if its an intrusion, please ignore if that's the case

16 posted on 06/09/2014 1:06:05 PM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: Revelation 911

It reminds me of the people who think humans can become angels after death, which is not Biblical either.


17 posted on 06/09/2014 2:14:52 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Not Bible Idolatry again?


18 posted on 06/09/2014 2:28:49 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Revelation 911
Physical state? LOL!

Have you read about NDEs? Near Death Experiences?

A journey to heaven, hell, purgatory (Catholic Caucus)
How Should Christians Think About Near-Death Experiences?
Heaven is for Real. But what if the the popular movie by this title seems little-related to the real Heaven, the real Jesus, or the real Scriptures?
Former religious skeptic believes she talked to God during the 9 minutes she was dead
Electrical signatures of consciousness in the dying brain
DENTIST FROM COLOMBIA SAW SIN OF ABORTION DURING AFTERLIFE JOURNEY TO NETHERWORLD
Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife
Life after life? This Wyoming surgeon says she believes

As I lay dying a voice said: ‘Let’s go’ (the near-death experience of a cynical prof)
Atheist Professor’s Near-Death Experience in Hell Left Him Changed
Near-Death Experiences: 30 Years of Research - A neurosurgeon’s perspective
Near-Death Experiences: 30 Years of Research
Seeking Proof in Near-Death Claims (18 Hospitals to study mystery of near-death experiences)
Review of Life After Death: The Evidence
Who is the Being of Light Encountered in Near-Death Experiences
Doctor Claims He Has Evidence of the Afterlife
An Interview with Dinesh D’Souza on Life After Death: The Evidence
World's Largest-ever Study Of Near-Death Experiences

19 posted on 06/09/2014 3:23:13 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
my point - obviously lost, was your analogy was physical state vs spiritual - your physical analogy is in no way illustrative of the spiritual - that was my intent - sorry you missed the comprehension

as for NDE - yes - had one - profound experience - it in no way had spirits there praying for me - Christ alone was speaking

Did i miss the part where you show me the Bible showing us souls interceding in prayer?

20 posted on 06/09/2014 4:33:31 PM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: Salvation
now - as to my NDE - it was my earliest memory….one that happened during my birth.

I recall moving quickly through a place with my eyes closed, it suddenly stopped - I was in the presence of Christ, who said "It is not your time" - instantly, i was rushed back….

I get a lot of people saying "you didnt die"

the rest of the story?….. I was born dead - as in not breathing, blue, having strangled on the cord…..I've told few people through the years, my own parents still to this day don't know.

21 posted on 06/09/2014 5:12:52 PM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: Revelation 911

I guess you have never called anyone and found out that they were in a state of spiritual hurt. Your loss.

The Holy Spirit speaks in many ways.


22 posted on 06/09/2014 5:36:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Revelation 911

Amazing story with both physical and spiritual happening present within it.


23 posted on 06/09/2014 5:38:29 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow

Another bright side to this, now she gets to wear a badass eyepatch.


24 posted on 06/09/2014 7:26:59 PM PDT by Bayard
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To: Salvation
Even here on earth, did you ever call someone and have them say, “Oh, I was just thinking about you

absolutely - now show me where it happens in the Bible on a spritual plane

The saints in heaven hear our prayers and pray for us.

show me where it happens in the Bible

there is no intercessor except Christ Himself

25 posted on 06/10/2014 3:23:51 AM PDT by Revelation 911
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