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Pregnant With Breast Cancer: "I Was at Total Peace!"

The past year has brought both adversity and blessing for Panama City residents Angie and David Barousse. Although the couple had been told there was “no way” Angie could conceive a child, in October her physicians were astonished that she was, indeed pregnant. In the same month, Angie also learned that she had breast cancer.

“As soon as I heard I was pregnant – against all the odds – I was at total peace. All of the physical issues that had prevented me from getting pregnant were just gone! I knew that God was doing a miracle with this baby.”

But Angie and David had a steep climb ahead of them. She was referred to Sacred Heart Medical Oncologist Dr. Thomas R. Johnson and to Maternal/Fetal Medicine Specialist Dr. James Thorp with Sacred Heart Regional Perinatal Center. Angie endured a mastectomy and six rounds of chemotherapy – all during the first half of her pregnancy.

“The doctors were so supportive, and they prayed with us.” Says Angie. “Dr. Thorp reassured me that the baby was growing just fine, even when I became so ill and lost so much weight from the chemo. I loved the staff at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, and I had all my Chemo at Sacred Heart Oncology in Destin with Dr. Johnson. They all treated me like family with lots of care and compassion.”

In late June 2014, Angie gave birth to a healthy baby girl. “The delivery went beautifully and she is absolutely perfect. I know God has great things planned for her life. She is truly our miracle baby. Now I am cancer-free, and I am the happiest I have ever been.”

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