CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – As Breast Cancer Awareness Month concludes, First News offers a story of hope: A Canfield woman battling breast cancer isn’t letting it stop her from fulfilling her dream of become a mother.
Thanks to a foundation in memory of an Ohio woman who lost her battle with cancer, Jessica Miller is one step closer to the future she had dreamed of.
Miller’s journey began with a stabbing pain near his heart and a lump in his chest. After a visit to the doctor and a mammogram, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“They told me I needed a double mastectomy, plus chemotherapy,” Miller said.
Miller said she couldn’t go through with it because she always wanted to have children and knew that would ruin the possibility. She looked for other alternatives and found a doctor who specializes in breast cryoablation, which freezes eligible breast tumors.
The reason you chose it? Preserves breasts and fertility.
The 39-year-old says she was confused when she was diagnosed with cancer.
“I was completely desperate. I felt desperate. I went a little crazy and screamed,” Miller said. “I got angry. I didn’t know what to do.”
After determining his treatment plan, the next giant Miller had to face was fear.
One of her inspirations was Jane “Nightbirde” Marczewski, an Ohio native who was on America’s Got Talent before dying of cancer at age 31 last year.
“She kept going, no matter the odds, and she was incredibly inspiring,” Miller said. “Simply full of love, life, passion, faith and hope.”
There is now the Nightbirde Foundation in Marczewski’s name that partners with women fighting cancer to give them hope and healing.
After learning about the foundation, Miller wrote letters to them. Then Marczewski’s brother, Mitch, called her and met her in Canfield.
“He donated $5,000 for my cancer treatment, for cryoablation, and also challenged me to raise $10,000 more and the foundation would double it.”
That money would help her greatly.
“It’s given me the opportunity to create life and do things the way I expected,” Miller said.
If there’s one message people take away from her and Marczewski’s story, Miller says it’s that there is always hope.
“There is always hope. Never give up, never stop learning and investigating,” Miller said. “Not everything is as it seems and there are ways to overcome it, come hell or high water.”
Miller said his blood work came back clear a couple of months ago and he will meet with his oncologist next month.