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Energy drinks leave new father with hole in his skull, fighting for his life during son's birth

Energy drinks leave new father with hole in his skull, fighting for his life during son's birthA mother of one is speaking out after her husband's energy drink consumption nearly cost her family everything.

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Trump Makes it Legal for Employers to Refuse to Pay for Birth Control

Trump Makes it Legal for Employers to Refuse to Pay for Birth ControlThe new rule allows broader exemptions for companies who choose not to subsidize birth control for moral or religious reasons, making it harder for some women to get birth control through their insurance.

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I Gave Birth to My First Baby—and Weeks Later Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

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Poppy, my daughter, was born in July 2015. I had a regular delivery in a hospital near my home in Connecticut, and I began breastfeeding right away. For the first few days everything was good, with the exception of high fevers I started having. My discharge papers instructed me to call my ob-gyn immediately if I experienced a fever over 100.4 degrees, so I finally went to her office after days of denial.

She diagnosed me with mastitis—an infection of breast tissue often triggered by a plugged milk gland that causes swelling, tenderness, and redness—and put me on antibiotics. I continued to try to breastfeed, though it was painful. My high fevers persisted and breastfeeding became more difficult. I did another round of antibiotics, but when those proved to be ineffective, I was referred to a breast surgeon.

The surgeon did an ultrasound and attributed my symptoms again to mastitis. I was reassured throughout this process that everything was fine, and I had nothing to worry about. So I didn’t panic when I went back a month later for a follow-up ultrasound and then a biopsy, which the radiologist said was a standard procedure.

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Through this entire process, breast cancer didn’t really cross my mind. While friends with cancer scares told stories of the anxiety-ridden time between getting the biopsy and receiving the results, I felt calm. I was a brand-new mom trying to manage life with a newborn baby, and breast cancer seemed like a non-issue—until it wasn’t.

An alarming text from the hospital

I had Poppy asleep in my arms when a notification from the hospital came through my phone: Reminder, your oncology appointment is tomorrow at 9 a.m. I was in total shock. Until that moment, I did not have an oncologist. I called the hospital and when I explained the situation, the woman on the other end of the phone gasped.

She put me through to a doctor who said that the notification was “an oversight.” She said, “I wanted to call you in [for an initial appointment] because I want you to be prepared. You’re going to have a lot of appointments in the next few days.”

She was right about that. A subsequent CT scan and an MRI showed what looked like a 3 cm malignant mass in my left breast. I had stage 3 breast cancer, but more specifically, I had pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC), which is breast cancer during pregnancy or in the first year after delivery. It’s relatively rare, striking approximately 1 in 3,000 pregnant women. (About 3% of all breast cancers are diagnosed in pregnancy.) But it’s the second most common malignancy affecting pregnancy, I later learned.

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Egg retrieval—then breast removal surgery

The size and proximity to the breast skin meant a mastectomy was my only option. Even though I had no family history and later tested negative for the breast cancer gene mutations, and the doctors said my risk of having cancer in my right breast was less than 1%, I opted for a double mastectomy.

Before that, however, I was referred me to a fertility clinic, which was a really harrowing experience—having a newborn while in an IVF office and being a cancer patient and in a state a shock. I was told I would likely need chemotherapy, which leads to infertility at least 60% of the time. If I wanted more children in the future, egg freezing was my best option. I began the hormone injections, had my eggs retrieved and frozen 16 days later, and then the following Monday was scheduled for breast surgery.

Throughout the three weeks from diagnosis to my mastectomy, I was still a new mom, getting up every three hours a minimum to feed my baby. After my diagnosis, I stopped trying to breastfeed. It was physically painful, but I knew within weeks I would not have breasts at all, so mostly it was psychologically difficult. Luckily Poppy took to formula, and that lifted one worry off my mind. I know Poppy would be fed and she was okay.

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Recovery, chemo, and a baby to care for

After my mastectomy (the 3 cm mass was actually 7 cm, I later found out), I came home from the hospital in pain, with limited mobility, and anxiously thinking about the pathology results. I also couldn’t lift Poppy, who now weighed 14 pounds, for 8 weeks. My mother stayed with us during that time to help. Poppy would be placed on my lap and also I could snuggle with her in bed. But it was heartbreaking to hear Poppy cry and not be able to pick her up on my own. I had just become a mother, yet I needed my own mother’s help.

Despite cancer, Poppy and I still spent a lot of time together. She slept a lot, and I did too. She was bald, and so was I. I wanted to take her to more Mommy & Me classes, but I didn’t have the strength. The times I had to go back into the hospital were hard for us. I had reconstruction surgery, and I also went into isolation at one point because my immune system was so weak, and I was susceptible to germs. FaceTime was how we connected.

Then the pathology report came in, indicating that I was high-risk for cancer recurrence. An aggressive chemotherapy regiment offered the best chance for long-term survival. I was thankful I had my eggs harvested; following chemo, I faced hormone therapy that would effectively put me into menopause for 10 years. The hope was that by taking away the hormones that fueled my cancer growth, it would reduce the risk of recurrence.

The first year of Poppy’s life brought the joy of new life, mixed with fears of mortality. I went through more body changes than I had experienced in the time in my life that I could remember. From being relatively stable in weight and composition for the last decade to gaining almost 50 pounds during pregnancy. I had to surrender my eggs, my breasts, and for a time my mobility, eventually losing the baby weight from being violently ill during chemo.

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Becoming a breast cancer advocate for others

Since my treatment ended, I’ve been cherishing my time being a mom to Poppy. Instead of simply hoping that she never has to worry about this disease, I’ve been doing everything I can to make sure she doesn’t have to. That includes lending my voice to Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), a top breast cancer organization in the US, because I know that research is the only way we’re going to eradicate this disease.

I also advocated for and rewrote a bill requiring health insurance companies to cover the cost of fertility preservation treatments for women facing a cancer diagnosis. The bill, Melissa’s Law, was passed unanimously this past June in Connecticut. My IVF costs were so expensive, and I paid for them out of pocket because my infertility was a result of chemotherapy, not a pre-existing condition. I’m not the only one with this reality.

Now Poppy is 22 months old, and I can’t keep up with her. I say, “Let’s go this way” and she just runs the other way. I hope that sharing my story encourages young women to be vigilant about their health, particularly during and, notably, after pregnancy. 

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Police find remains of autistic girl in a pit after she left adoptive parents to live with birth mother

Police find remains of autistic girl in a pit after she left adoptive parents to live with birth motherThe remains of a missing autistic teenage girl who left her adopted parents and went to live with her biological mother have been discovered in a pit on a Missouri farm. Savannah Leckie, 16, moved in with her birth mother, Rebecca Ruud, 39, last year. Ms Ruud has been charged with her murder, abusing a child, tampering with evidence and abandoning a corpse, said Ozark County Prosecutor John Garrabrant.

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Young Mother Crushed to Death Hours After Giving Birth When Hospital Elevator Malfunctions: Reports

Young Mother Crushed to Death Hours After Giving Birth When Hospital Elevator Malfunctions: ReportsRocio Cortes Nunez, 25, had just given birth to her third child when she was killed in a freak hospital accident.

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10-year-old India rape victim gives birth to baby girl

10-year-old India rape victim gives birth to baby girlA 10-year-old rape victim whose plea for an abortion was rejected by India’s Supreme Court has given birth to a baby girl, a doctor said Thursday. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped several times allegedly by an uncle who has since been arrested. Both the girl and her baby are doing fine,” doctor Dasari Harish told AFP by phone from the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.

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Panda gives birth to twins at French zoo, one cub dies

Panda gives birth to twins at French zoo, one cub diesHuan Huan, on loan to Beauval zoo in central France from China, delivered the first cub at 10:18 pm (2018 GMT) and the second at 10:32. The Chinese experts, who have experience of this, saw it straight away,” zoo director Rodolphe Delord said. The youngster has been put in an incubator so vets can give first-time mum Huan Huan a helping hand, zoo officials said.

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Anthony Scaramucci congratulated his estranged wife on the birth of their child by text message 

Anthony Scaramucci congratulated his estranged wife on the birth of their child by text message Anthony Scaramucci’s wife filed for divorce while she was nine months pregnant and, when their son arrived on Monday, he congratulated her by text message, according to reports in the United States. The new White House communications director, who in the space of a week has gone from being a little-known financier to a household name – thanks largely to his expletive-laced rant about his new colleagues – is yet to confirm the divorce. He tweeted a request for prayers for his family. Leave civilians out of this. I can take the hits, but I would ask that you would put my family in your thoughts and prayers & nothing more.— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 28, 2017 The New York Post reported that Deidre Scaramucci, 38, filed divorce papers on July 6 in Nassau County Supreme Court, in New York. Married for three years, she gave birth to their first son, Nicholas, in early 2014. Their second son, James, arrived on Monday in New York City, while Mr Scaramucci was at a Boy Scout jamboree with President Donald Trump in West Virginia. “When James was born, he sent her a text saying: ‘Congratulations, I’ll pray for our child,’” a source told the paper. “She’s mad. They aren’t really speaking right now. “The pain runs deep. Anthony tells her she’s not that smart, that he’s out of her league.” Anthony Scaramucci on Friday He reportedly did not meet his newborn son until Friday evening, at the end of a whirlwind first week in Washington in which he witnessed the ouster from the White House of his bitter rival, Reince Priebus, who served as chief of staff. An associate of Mr Scaramucci, 53, defended him, saying that the child arrived early. “There was discussion between him, her and the divorce attorneys about Anthony going to the hospital and unfortunately the delivery was sudden,” the source told the paper. “There’s been a lot of lies.” Profile | Anthony Scaramucci Mr Scaramucci’s mother, Marie, who lives close to the marital home on Long Island, told the paper she was yet to meet her new grandson. “No, I haven’t,” she said when reached by phone. “There’s a reason for it and I don’t want to discuss it.” Headlines about the increasingly acrimonious divorce is not what Mr Scaramucci, nicknamed The Mooch, would have wished for his first week in Washington. “OK, the Mooch showed up a week ago,” he said, calling a reporter on Wednesday night.  “This is going to get cleaned up very shortly, OK? Because I nailed these guys.” Anthony Scaramucci at the White House on Tuesday But the slick, brash New Yorker appeared unflustered by the separation from his wife. The evening of his appointment as White House communications director – an announcement that forced the resignation of Sean Spicer – Mr Scaramucci was hosting a graduation party for his son with his first wife Lisa, Anthony Jr. The party, held at the Hunt & Fish Club in Manhattan – a restaurant he co-owns – featured DJs and a performance by rapper French Montana.  “He was asking everyone around him how he did at his first press conference,” said Eytan Sugerman, who jointly owns the restaurant with Mr Scaramucci.  He said Mr Scaramucci is already preparing to be lampooned on Saturday Night Live – this weekend Variety magazine reported that Ben Stiller or Mario Cantone from Sex And The City were leading contenders. “He was thinking Meryl Streep or Julia Roberts could play him,” added Mr Sugerman. Mr Scaramucci is said to have spent the weekend visiting his family on Long Island. He was married to Lisa for 23 years, whom he met at church while attending Tufts University. They have three children. “When they were married, they had nothing, they were literally counting quarters in a jar to figure out what they were going to have for dinner that night,” said a friend of Lisa’s. “They liked that. They knew they were going to climb together. “Things went bad when Anthony became very successful in the late 90s.” Nelson Braff, another co-owner of Hunt & Fish, said they had been friends for 20 years and yet he never knew Lisa.  “Once he said, ‘Did you ever meet my ex?’ and I said, ‘No never.’  “And he said, ‘She really didn’t want to participate in what had become my life.’” Lisa told The Post: “Although divorced in 2014 we maintain a cordial relationship for the benefit of our children.” Anthony Scaramucci In 2011 he began dating Deirdre, who had started work at his Manhattan hedge fund, SkyBridge Capital, in 2007, as an assistant, rising to investor relations.  The couple married on July 11, 2014, after his divorce was finalised. But as he edged closer to the White House, the distance between him and his wife grew. A friend of Mr Scaramucci told the paper that he was pursuing “a different career objective that didn’t align with Deidre’s trajectory.” Another person close to Mr Scaramucci claimed that he was actually the victim of his wife’s verbal abuse. “She would mock him for being a Trump sycophant,” the source said. Jill Stone, Mrs Scaramucci’s lawyer, told The Post that her client “is not making this into a circus." She continued: “She has children to protect and that’s what she’s concerned about.” Arthur Schwartz, Mr Scaramucci’s representative, said there was no one else involved. “There’s absolutely zero truth in that,” he said. An associate added: “The only one he’s dating right now is the West Wing of the White House.” 

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Couple Leaving Hospital After Birth of Baby Gets Car Stolen

Couple Leaving Hospital After Birth of Baby Gets Car StolenAs Dalan and Krysta Askew prepared to bring home their third child, Penelope Jade, someone was stealing their car, they said.

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Congrats to this clever mama raccoon who broke into a car to give birth

Congrats to this clever mama raccoon who broke into a car to give birthNo one wants their car broken into, but sometimes you gotta give credit where credit is due.  Consider, for example, this mother raccoon, who climbed through a plastic window cover and tumbled into the backseat of a parked convertible at an auto shop so she could safely give birth to her kits.  She was later relocated by Devon of Wildlife, Inc. Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Manatee, Florida. SEE ALSO: Pelican in a cop car wants you to know this isn't what it looks like "I captured the mother, then 2 caring employees and I searched the entire car for her babies," Devon wrote in a Facebook post. "Once they were both accounted for, I relocated them to some woods where she can continue to raise them." According to the
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, the second kit — who is good at sneaking around, just like its mom — was hidden in the trunk. Raccoon litters are usually between three and five kits, so there's a good chance the mother was still pregnant when she was relocated. Perhaps she'll choose a less, er, spoken-for place next time. Might we suggest a nice tree cavity? WATCH: An iceberg the size of Delaware broke off Antarctica

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