Lisa Newell knows she’s an outlier. It’s been more than 13 years since she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, just five months after giving birth to her third son.
When Lisa Newell was pregnant with her third son, a complication with her placenta landed her on bedrest for a month. After she gave birth, doctors assumed that the pain she felt in her sternum and ribs was related to her lying in bed for the last month of her pregnancy. Massage made the pain worse. A chiropractor recommended X-rays, which led to an MRI, which led to an unexpected diagnosis five months after her child was born: Newell, now a mom of three, had stage 4 breast cancer.
Amber Hahto was in the middle of treatment for breast cancer in 2010 when well-intentioned friends started sending her articles about scalp cooling. It sounded like science fiction, the notion that you could wear an icy cap during chemotherapy and avoid perhaps the most dreaded side effect of treatment: going bald.