Special Mother's Day for Waukesha ovarian cancer survivor
WAUKESHA - Krisi and Christopher Button were bracing for their second child. She was 29 years old and 19 weeks pregnant when doctors delivered a mighty blow.
"In a lot of ways, panic. It's not what you expect to hear," Krisi recounts. "There was a 13 centimeter cyst on my right ovary and, in comparison to a baby that far along, it was twice as big as she was."
Ovarian cancer was the frightening diagnosis. It is difficult to detect in early stages and often strikes women much older than Krisi.
"Between the two surgeries and the birth, she was pretty much of out commission for two to three weeks at a time," Christopher said.
Dr. Janet Drake, a ProHealth Care gynecologic oncologist, said Krisi may be alive today because she was an expecting mom.
"If Krisi had not been pregnant and had ultrasounds, likely this mass would not have been found," Drake told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. "Unfortunately, she would have been picked up at a very advanced stage."
A medical team at Waukesha Memorial Hospital developed a treatment plan that would not impact the baby.
"She had to have chemotheraphy that could help to fight the cancer, but not be harmful to the baby," Drake explained. "She could only have one drug of a normal two-drug regimen."
Krisi delivered a healthy baby, Isabella, who is now an energetic toddler. But, the story does not end there.
"I knew from talking to Krisi and her husband that the were really hoping to have another baby after Isabella," Drake said.
Krisi survived cancer and wanted to get pregnant one more timed. Doctors saved her non-cancerous ovary and this Mother's Day, Krisi is holding their third child, a baby girl born in March.
"It's very exciting to have Mother's Day and everyday together as a family," she said
Krisi mentors other women battling ovarian cancer.