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Mother with breast cancer delivers healthy baby

Amy Vallarino, a breast cancer survivor, gave birth to healthy baby girl named Margarita Isabella Vallarino, according to a recent report from the Washington Post.

Amy was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, which spread to other parts of the body, last March. Doctors postponed certain treatments for the cancer until after the baby was born, in order to avoid harmful effects to the fetus. They also warned Amy that having the baby through Caesarean was a risky operation. Through it all, Amy continued to pray and hoped for the best. Her husband, Michael, was by her side.

"I feel that I will be healed," said Amy. "And that God has healed me. It is just a road to get there. That helps me — the more I?feed myself with positive and good thoughts, the better I?feel. They say you believe yourself more than you believe anyone else."

About one in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Women over the age of 40 should receive yearly mammograms, reports the ACS, while younger women should be sure to perform self tests in order to spot lumps in their breasts. Clinical exams with a doctor on a regular basis are also recommended.
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