In 2010, doctors gave Laura Bacon-Smith devastating news: She had a rare form of cancer with widespread tumors in her liver. They gave the then-22-year-old just six months to live.
Immediately, Laura began an aggressive round of chemotherapy treatment. Doctors warned her that she would be left infertile, but having a child was the last thing on her mind. All of her energy was focused on survival.
Laura was diagnosed with hepatic epithelioid hemangioendothelioma, a form of cancer so rare that it accounts for less than one percent of all cancer cases. In addition to her liver, her lungs, blood, and soft tissue had all been compromised.
Doctors expected Laura to die within six months, but year after year, she continued to stun them with her incredible progress. Eventually, Laura fell in love with a man named Lewis Neeve. She was determined to say "screw you" to cancer and live her life to the fullest.
Then, in 2015, the unthinkable happened. Laura, who was supposed to be infertile, became pregnant. By all accounts, it was a miracle.
Laura said: "The doctors didn't believe I was pregnant at first so I had to have an internal ultrasound, but we were all left amazed. I had to take eight pregnancy tests until we really believe[d] it."
But there was one more miracle in store. After Laura gave birth to her daughter, Lake, on December 23, 2015, doctors made another shocking discovery. The unexpected pregnancy had actually caused her tumors to shrink.
Laura's cancer is still considered terminal, but her daughter's arrival gave her more time on this earth. In Laura's words, "Not only is she here, but she has managed to make me better too. She really is a miracle."
(via Daily Mail)