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Lymphoma Treatment While Pregnant - Missy's Story

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Posted 3/16/2015

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Celebrating her first wedding anniversary and expecting her first child, 25 year old Missy Givens had everything to be thankful for. A diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma turned the mood of celebration to one of concern. Concern for her life and the life of her unborn son. The chemotherapy necessary to save Missy' life would put her unborn son at risk for serious birth defects. Despite the odds, Landon was born healthy. Missy finished her lymphoma treatment and was optimistic about the future. She and her husband did not expect to be able to have more children, but were blessed with a second pregnancy. A month after Kinley was born, Missy found out her cancer had returned. This time, it was in her bone marrow and stage IV. Missy was treated with Bexar and is in remission. She hopes to keep her cancer in remission for many years to come, but knowing the future is uncertain, she cherishes every minute she has with her husband and two children. "It makes you appreciate life in a completely different light," Missy says. "I just knew this was my journey that I was supposed to go down. You go forward. If you say, 'Why me?' you'll never get anywhere." For more information on the internationally known lymphoma and cancer expertise at The Nebraska Medical Center, visit or call 1-800-922-0000.