Tears, just tears.
These past eleven days have been emotionally draining wouldn’t you say? We’ve had to discipline ourselves from getting on Facebook too often in fear of irreparable damages occurring between us and our extremely conservative, Trump tooting family and friends. What with Aleppo, the Muslim Ban, regressing women’s rights and healthcare, and now the Mosque shooting in Quebec, our faith in humanity is all but lost. But in these troubling times, it’s important to remember the millions of people fighting with everything they have to keep this world a decent place.
If you’re feeling a little hopeless with mankind, take a read of this story about the internet helping this woman fight for her life and her quadruplets.
Meet Kayla Gaytan
Back in early 2016, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a few short days after marrying military police officer Sgt. Charles Gaytan. Her doctors immediately put through rounds of chemotherapy and after five months, she entered remission but was told the heartbreaking news that she wouldn’t be able to bear anymore children.
Being a mother of two at the time, she and her family celebrated the bittersweet milestone and a month after being cancer free, she learned some unbelievable news.
The Highs and Lows
She was pregnant with naturally conceived quadruplets! Recalling the memory, Kayla explained, “I called my husband to tell him and he couldn’t believe it. He thought he had misheard me.” Unfortunately, tragedy struck the family in December when Kayla began recognizing the same side effects she first had when she learned about her cancer.
It had come back. Her doctor gave her a grim 50% chance of living to the next five years. In attempts to save both her and her babies’ lives, Kayla delivered her children via C-section when they were only 30 weeks old and began her chemo again. “My original goal to make was 34 weeks because I figured if I could beat cancer, surely I could make it to 34 weeks with quads… It was nerve-wracking. But to see them when they all came out and to hear them crying, that was really exciting.”
Fighting for Her Life
“With four babies on the way, I just couldn’t wrap my head around how it could come back,” she continued to say. “I thought I had beat it the first time… But I don’t have a choice but to fight. I have an amazing husband and family that need me.”
As you can imagine, the hospital bills for four babies in the NICU plus chemotherapy thats estimated to go through mid 2018 will be extremely costly. The family set up a GoFund Me account with a goal of $5000 to help with medical costs.