Despite facing brain cancer that would one day end her life, Dana Scatton was determined to bring her little girl into the world.
You often hear people say that one of the main reasons to be kind to others is due to you having no idea what they might be dealing with. Although you will have heard it countless times before, it is worth reminding yourself. Some people could well be going through things that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy, or traumas that you can barely even contemplate.
That recently happened to young mom, Dana Scatton, reports CafeMom. In 2017, Dana started to notice some strange things about herself. Since she was pregnant at the time, she attributed the symptoms to that. However, when Dana's speech started to become compromised and she even started to struggle walking, she knew something else was at play.
An MRI revealed that Dana has a brain tumor. A diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) to be exact, the deadliest form of brain cancer. When Dana discussed treatment options and survival rate with her oncologist, she was told that the survival rate was zero. The 17-year-old was also reluctant to undergo radiation treatment due to being worried about what it might do to her unborn baby.
After initially refusing radiation therapy for that reason, her condition worsened. Dana reached a point where she was so ill that she couldn't even climb the stairs. The day after Christmas 2017, Dana started radiation therapy. A little more than a week later, her daughter arrived. Although Aries Marie arrived early, she was healthy and needed no assistance to eat or breathe.
Dana continued to undergo treatment, including traveling to Mexico in order to do so, while also spending time with her new daughter. Sadly, after almost a year and a half of battling, Dana passed away on April 22 of this year. Although heartbreaking, the silver lining is that not only did Dana bring her baby into the world, but she got the chance to spend Aries Marie's first year with her.