A expecting mother from Ontario, Canada, was devastated when she came to know that she had stage 4 cancer.
While she was expecting her first child she had been battling low hemoglobin levels throughout her pregnancy. She started throwing up clots of blood at her 34 weeks and within hours when the doctors examined they couldn’t find the baby’s heartbeat.
The couple got a heart breaking news when the doctors told them that the death of their first born baby, Finnick, happened due to her rare stage 4 cancer.
She has non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which caused an undetected stomach tumor to grow before it slowly bled out into her belly for months.
Woll’s doctor now said that there is no sign of cancer, after months of treatment. While waiting for her labs to come back as cancer-free she continues to raise funds for cancer patients and parents of stillborn babies.
In 2016, the couple, Woll, a dispatch manager, and her husband Benjamin Woll learned that she was expecting.
It’s a great news for them as Woll suffered a miscarriage just a few months before on Easter Sunday.
But the doctors told the couple in November, that she had an extremely low hemoglobin level – in the high 50s, compared to an average level of 115.
Woll said to The Sun: ‘At the hospital they couldn’t believe that I was stood up, let alone going into work every day with such low hemoglobin levels.
‘Most people would have been lethargic and probably confined to bed with it. Yet I had walked in the room and I felt fine.’
Initially, the doctors thought the levels were caused by anemia in pregnancy and prescribed her five rounds of iron infusions before she was sent home.
On her 34 weeks of pregnancy she felt that something was not right.
She began vomiting blood and screamed for her husband to take her to the emergency room.
She added to The Sun: ‘I just felt horrendous. Suddenly, it came over me and I grabbed the bin where I threw-up massive blood clots. It was horrific – like something out of a movie.
‘I was throwing-up so much blood that I felt like I could be dying but all I could think about was my unborn baby.’
She was rushed to the hospital. According to the doctors she had lost so much of blood as a stabbing victim and immediately began giving her blood infusions.
When everything became normal, they went to check on the unborn baby, but couldn’t find a heartbeat.
She gave birth to Finnick on January 14.
Woll said: ‘I was in so much shock I didn’t know what to do. He was perfect in every way and we’re so thankful to have met him.
‘There are few words to describe the devastating loss of a child. I held on to Benjamin and we cried and cried.
‘Nothing could have prepared me for what had happened.’
Few days later she was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system, an important part of the immune system.
The lymphoma can often appear as a lump or mass in the tummy area, which can cause pain and swelling, nausea and diarrhea.
It is more common in older people, with one in six sufferers over the age of 65.
The cancer had spread to her stomach and a tumor had been bleeding out for months, which was causing her low hemoglobin levels.
Woll added: ‘My baby had died because when I was throwing-up the blood, my body went into self-preservation [mode] to make sure my blood got to the parts of my body that needed it the most – my heart.
‘That meant that the blood supply to Finn’s placenta got shut off and without it, he died.’
Woll immediately began her cancer treatment, with five rounds of radiation to shrink her tumors and six rounds of chemotherapy to rid her body of the disease.
Now Woll has to wait for a few more tests to come back clean before she is officially in remission but she is hopeful of the results.
She is also spending her time raising money for charities supporting cancer patients and families who had a stillborn child.
In three months, Woll has raised more than $60,000 for a variety of charities and she doesn’t plan to stop.
She added to The Spec: ‘Tragedies happen, definitely. But you’re not alone.
‘Our hope is that, down the road, we might encounter someone we can really help.’