Sweet Baby, Sour Cancer

My journey through cancer and pregnancy, twice.

Hi and welcome to my blog, Sweet Baby Sour Cancer, part 2! I am 40 years old and pregnant with cancer again! I started this blog when I was originally  diagnosed with ER+/PR+, invasive lobular and ductal breast cancer March 28, 2015. I was also 16 weeks pregnant with my first baby who is now a healthy, happy, very smart 3.5 year old. I was just recently diagnosed with a reoccurrence exactly 4 years later to the day on March 28, 2019…. And I mentioned earlier I am 18 weeks pregnant. I am by no means a blogger. I have poor grammar, crappy spelling and my vocabulary is simple. But my goal is not impress you with fancy words but to take you alongside me, again, on this journey if you so choose. I want to share my hopefully inspiring story of hope through this cancer and pregnancy nightmare. You see no one gets out of life unbruised. We all have some kind of crisis, disaster, trauma happen at some point, sometimes multiple traumas.  I think the question is not What happens IF we get sucker punched in life, the question is really what happens WHEN get sucker punched in life and how do we handle it? We should all be prepared for the big blow straight to the kisser if we haven’t had one already.  And how will we react? How will we handle it? Will we crumble in defeat or rise and fight back? I am trying my hardest to rise in this situation and use this for good. Use this help others who are going through the same, will go through the same or even going through  a totally unrelated crisis but know they have the courage and strength to get up and fight back and find hope in true restoration and peace in faith like I have. 

For those of you who don’t know me, that is me and my husband, Nathan and our first “chemo baby” Cora and our black puppy Pepper in the picture. Our  new little “chemo baby”is due in August. The gender reveal will be soon! We live in MA, close to Boston and I am getting my care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s for my high risk OB care. I have a specialty team of doctors that deal specifically with breast cancer and pregnancy, the same team who walked me through treatment and pregnancy and will do so again. I feel lucky to live where I do and have the top medical care possible.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Nancy D'Agostino says:

    Thank you for sharing your story and your infectious smile. I too had several miscarriages before having my first child. I could get pregnant fairly easy but my bday would reject it, causing me to miscarry. I would like to share 2 things with you that could help yourself or others. 1. I had a doctor recommend taking one baby aspirin once a day. At first, I thought he was being a smart ass (take baby aspirin in order to have a baby?). But it proved to me that it worked, as it prevented my blood from clotting causing my previous miscarriages. 2. My first born was my seventh pregnancy. If I had a dime every time I heard “everything happens for a reason.” I never knew what that reason could be until one day it hit me…I would never have 7 chedlren, therefor I would not have my daughter in my arms as she was my 7th pregnancy.


    1. I did end up taking a baby aspirin a day! I did the trick I guess. Seems like our stories are similar.
      You are so right about #2. I never looked at it in that way before. I am in awe of Gods greatness every time Cora smiles – she is so perfect I just can’t imagine it being any other way.
      Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  2. valleypoet12 says:

    This shows, Mom, as you said on your FOX interview, we can all handle much more than we think we can when the outcome is so very important. I have in my life and continue to do so. There is no alternative!

    Another mother many centuries ago had nothing but challenges living in New England. AnneBradstreet.org highlights the life of a Founding Mother of America and the depth of her inner strength. Knowing Anne may help you as she did during dark days for me.

    Loving your little girl will of course, give you and your husband the strength to get through this challenge and enjoy more moments than you fear — keep up the great work — my wish for all of you, a happy 2016 with health returning quickly, Mom. You deserve nothing less.

    Joy and Peace.


    1. Thank you so much! In wish you the same!


  3. Jenny says:

    Hello Jodi. Your story has touched my heart in so many ways. My mother was diagnosed with er+/pr+ stage 2 ductal carcinoma 1 infected lymph node on May 26, 2015. L mastectomy on June 9. Due to her age, 69, she didn’t need chemo but will be on hormone meds for the rest of her life. I can proudly say that she is finally back to her old self and free of the disease…

    You are just amazing! The strength and perseverance you have… I pray that God leads you though this journey with His healing hands and blesses you with more strength joy and love. You are an inspiration to a lot of woman out there. Keep spreading your wisdom!


    1. Thank you so much Jenny! Please send my best to you Mom for me. Glad she is doing so well.


  4. Christopher Gross says:

    Hi Jodi,

    I am terribly sorry to hear all of the things that you have been going through the past year and a half. What wonderful news in the birth of your daughter, congratulations.


  5. Katie says:

    Hi Jodi. I introduced myself to you at the Red Sox game the other night. I was diagnosed when my son was 3 months old. He turned a year in August. My email is katiemeinelt@gmail.com. Shoot me an email if you feel like it. Would love to chat at some point. Xo


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