Becoming a mom after sarcoma treatment has been my greatest gift

When my husband and I got married in July 2014, we were looking forward to our honeymoon to celebrate the beginning of our lives together. On the trip, I started feeling pain in my right hip. By the time we returned home to Nashville, the pain was so intense that I couldn’t put weight on my right leg. My local physician diagnosed me with an aneurysmal bone cyst, a benign bone lesion that can cause pain, swelling and fractures. One month later, I had surgery to remove the cyst and surrounding bone, which was replaced with a bone graft. Although I couldn’t walk for 12 weeks, I slowly recovered and began to feel better. However, nine months after surgery, I started having pain again. Scans indicated that the bone graft had failed, so I had a total hip replacement in October 2015. Once again, I recovered well, but nine months later, I noticed a knot in the bone next to the replaced hip. I tried everything — acupuncture, cryotherapy and physical therapy — but nothing relieved the pain and diminished the knot. I had a biopsy and the results were inconclusive. My doctor referred me to MD Anderson to get some answers. My sarcoma diagnosis and treatment In September 2016, I met with Dr. Valerae O. Lewis. After evaluating my scans, she was concerned that the knot in my bone was a sarcoma that could render my leg useless. Because of the location of the tumor and the extent of my previous surgeries, Dr. Lewis recommended an external hemipelvectomy, a complex procedure that includes removing part of the patient’s...