The Short of It
A pregnant mom with two kids learned she has brain cancer three days after she adopted three foster children.
Kim Vaillancourt thought she had a migraine. But the diagnosis for her headache turned out to be much worse than this soon-to-be mama-of-six could have ever expected. It was glioblastoma, a rare form of cancer.
Her husband Phil told WGRZ they believe her unborn child—who they have decided to name Wyatt Eli, meaning "brave little warrior sent by God"—is ultimately responsible for saving Kim's life.
If it wasn't for the baby, she probably would've never gone to the hospital with her severe headache and nausea. And she would've laid in bed thinking it was the flu, and she would've possibly not been here today. We definitely feel that God put that baby in her for a reason; pretty much to save her life," he said.
Kim soon underwent a successful surgery to remove the tumors, but her prognosis is unknown, especially since she plans to delay her treatment of chemotherapy and radiation until after her baby is born.
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The brave mom explained her rationale for waiting to treat her cancer, saying, "I don't want to leave [Phil] with six kids and one of them being super sick. He's trying to take care of so many kids, so whatever I can do, I'm going to do it."
Their daughter Josie already requires special care because she was born without arms and legs.
Kim has begun the process of teaching Phil how she cares for their family in case she is not there to help him. That includes homeschooling two children.
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Despite the grave obstacles in their way, this is one mom who has an incredible attitude.
"I'm in one of two places. I either get to stay with Phil and the kids and live a long life, or I get to go home and be with Jesus. I'm OK. [Phil's] the one that's stuck holding everything and trying to juggle all of this craziness," she said.
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If you want to help the Vaillancourt family, you can visit their GoFundMe page.
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