reblog: The Daily What, Heartbreaking Tearjerker of the Day

If you do nothing else with your day, stop by The Daily What and read this story about a mother, faced with her life or her unborn baby’s, she chose her baby’s.

Holy heartbreak.

There’s a video and a story. Here’s the first part (below). Click on the link above to read the rest.

Heartbreaking Tearjerker of the Day: 41-year-old Stacie Crimm was faced with her very own Sophie’s Choice: Undergo chemotherapy to treat her cancer and risk losing her unborn daughter, or forgo the treatment and save her child’s life, but most likely lose her own.

She chose the latter.

Crimm became pregnant in March after years of trying. She was diagnosed with head and neck cancer a few months later. Somehow, she managed to hold on long enough to give birth to baby girl Dottie Mae by C-section on August 18th.

I would wager a million dollars, this was not a case of, “Well, the mother should have prayed harder” or “She should have asked Jesus with more zeal for healing.”

The next time you say, “Thank god I survived [insert catastrophe of your choice].” Remember how often that prayer is answered with a big fat, “No, bitch.”

 

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3 Responses to reblog: The Daily What, Heartbreaking Tearjerker of the Day

  1. Steve says:

    Something about this story leaves me feeling uncomfortable and somewhat verging on angry that this woman would sacrifice her own life and very likely that of her child.

    The child was born terribly premature and required extensive medical intervention to survive.

    If this woman was so determined to become pregnant is it quite likely because she wanted share her life with her child(ren).

    By refusing chemo, she ultimately guaranteed that she would not survive yet had no guarantee that the opposite would be true for the baby.

    I realize that as someone who has no desire to adopt/raise children of my own this may be beyond my comprehension.

    I just see no reason for the seemingly indulgent self-sacrifice in this situation.

  2. Kilre says:

    Seems to me to be an emotional response rather than a rational one. Humans tend to be known for our irrationalities, don’t we? I can’t blame her for wanting to value her offspring over her own safety, especially if, as the story says, she’d been trying for a long time to get pregnant and so happened to get cancer at the same time.

    That’s a whirlwind of emotions right there that I’d rather not have to experience in my lifetime.

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