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Chicago Mom Reclaims Her Life After Stage IV Cancer Diagnosis While Pregnant

Sitting on the couch of their Lincoln Square home, Chris and Lesley Duffy look like any other young couple managing two very busy toddlers, surrounded by a room full of colorful toys and puzzles. But life for them has been anything but ordinary.

Just a little over two years ago, Lesley, who was 28 weeks pregnant with her second child, began to show signs of confusion — struggling to find words that she had once grasped so easily to convey her quick wit and warm sense of humor.

After a battery of tests through Northwestern Medicine, Lesley was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, which had metastasized to her brain, bones, and liver.

“She had 26 tumors in her brain alone,” recalls Chris, “and everything was more complicated because she was pregnant. We had to make decisions quickly about what we were going to do.”

Click here to read the full story by Ann Marie Scheidler on makeitbetter.net.