Pregnant Millbrook woman remains hopeful amidst cancer diagnosis
MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) - Rhonda Adair was diagnosed with a "rare, aggressive" cancer just six days before her baby shower. The mother-to-be said she started experiencing negative symptoms in September.
"I had a swollen lymph node behind my right ear," Adair said. "I thought I had a cold or maybe a bug bite."
After a slew of incorrect diagnoses, switching doctors and trusting her gut to continue asking questions about her condition, Adair was told she had cancer on Nov. 21.
Upon receiving her diagnoses, Adair decided with her doctors and family to deliver her baby early at 33 weeks on Dec. 1.
Her tests were sent to a medical center in Cleveland, Ohio. On Nov. 28, the day after her baby shower, Adair was told she had a cancerous Myoepithelial Lesion that doctors believe originated from her right salivary gland. Adair had been receiving steroid shots to help ease her symptoms and prepare for her delivery.
Despite the turmoil with her health, Adair, and her family, remain hopeful.
"I just want God to have all the glory," Adair said. "That's all. I want God to have the glory, and I am just so excited for Anna Parker to get here."
Adair said she and her family believe God works everything out for their good, so this is no match for his goodness and power.
"He is the true healer," Adair said. "No doctor is going to heal me. The Lord is going to heal me."
Robyn Baker, Adair's older sister, said her sister's first response to her diagnoses was noting the irony of "both life and death being in her body at the same time and then trusting her Creator to work for her good".
It's a faith in God that is pushing the family forward and keeping them from being afraid.
"The worse our trials are, the more his glories are seen," Baker said. "More so than money or anything that you can do, we covet you to go to our Lord and plead with him on her behalf. We are pressed on all sides, but we are not crushed."
Once Adair gives birth to baby Anna on Dec. 1, she and her baby are expected to stay in the hospital for a couple of days. The next step will be for her to travel to a brain surgeon in Birmingham to have her tumor removed and sent in for testing to get more information about her illness.
She said she will also send in a sample of her placenta for testing, as well, to make sure her baby is healthy.
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