Apryl Roberts of Lynnwood might just be one of the most inspirational women you’d ever meet.
The 36-year-old is currently 9 months pregnant with her second daughter. She was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer in March and given just 2 years to live. She’s already gone through 4 rounds of chemotherapy.
Roberts said she has good days, and she has bad days.
Her last round of chemotherapy was on May 10.
By Monday, she was finally starting to get her energy back. She spent some time dancing and singing songs with her 2-year-old daughter Charlee at their family’s home.
“Getting a little energy back. So, it’s kind of nice to be able to hang out with my daughter and kind of have a normal day for us,” Roberts said.
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Roberts, who married her husband Peter in August 2015, has always been an active person.
She was once a distance runner at Washington State University.
This past March, she climbed more than 1,300 steps as part of the Big Climb fundraiser at Columbia Center in Seattle. She was 7 months pregnant at the time.
2 days after the climb, she was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, a rare and aggressive form of the disease. Doctors told he she only had 2 years to live, she said.
“At that point, I completely went into shock and just started shaking,” Roberts said. “I just can’t describe like the feeling when someone tells you that you’re going to die. It was very it was just extremely hard to hear and I was just in shock. I couldn’t believe it. That was probably the worst day of my life.”
Roberts said her first clue earlier this year that something might be wrong was her breast started to feel firm on just one side. Doctors thought it might be mastitis, she said. It’s an infection that often affects breastfeeding women.
After several rounds of antibiotics, a biopsy, and a couple ultrasounds, she got word that her situation was much worse than she first thought, she said.
“It was just quite shocking because I didn’t know there were these other forms of breast cancer,” she said.
Roberts said it took several weeks for her and her family to process the news.
She took a deep breath, then reality started to kick in.
“I can fight this and they do win, so why can’t I? And it just kind of completely changed my perspective. And I realized then that I was ready for the fight,” Roberts said. “I have this little girl, and this little girl, and my husband. So, I need to be here for a long time.”
Roberts said she and her family have a tremendous support system in place.
She still has days when she asks ‘Why me?’ and days when her emotions get the best of her. But then the little moments in life remind her why she carries on and why she hopes to serve as an inspiration to others.
“Maybe I was given this because I’m strong enough to fight it and beat it. So, it’s my way of getting awareness out there and inspiring other people to really push through and show them how strong you can be and how you can get through anything,” she said.
Not just for today.
But hopefully 10 years from now, too.
“I feel like I see myself doing all of these things that we do today in the future. And I just can’t wait to see my girls growing up and in school,” Roberts said.
“I believe that. That’s where I’ll be. And I’ll be out there helping someone else when they’re going through this. I just have to believe that. And that’s gonna get my through,” she added.
Roberts is scheduled to be induced on May 30 then begin a 5th round of chemotherapy sometime in June.
Via : komonews