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Antigo woman battles cancer, celebrates first Mother's Day


A young Antigo woman is thankful she got to celebrate Mother's Day.

Salena Schultz survived breast cancer and has welcomed her first child into the world.

"I couldn't be more blessed that I made it and I got blessed with this little guy," Schultz said. She said she considers herself the luckiest mom around.

In June of 2014 doctors diagnosed Schultz with stage-two breast cancer. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy radiation and then started taking the drug Tamoxifen to reduce estrogen levels. This would prevent the cancer from coming back.

Surrounded by her family and friends, Schultz took part in the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure and gained grants to help with the cost of her treatment. 

In August 2015 the unexpected happened. 

"When I had a follow up with my doctor that I was pregnant a complete shock," Schultz said. 

This shock lead to concern for how to go forward with her cancer treatment. Pregnancy meant the increase of estrogen, which is a precursor for the reoccurrence of breast cancer. While Tamoxifen is an anti-estrogen drug but can cause potential harm to an unborn child. 

"We lay out the risk factor for patient and the risk and benefit and what would work best for their life,"  

Schultz chose to discontinue the Tamoxifen, while doctors took on the challenge of keeping Schultz and her unborn child safe.

Doctors did just that; In January Schultz welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world.

"It is a life changing experience," Schultz said.

With her first Mother's Day here, Schultz reflected on her journey with cancer.

"I am kind of glad I went through this it kind of made me find my strength," Schultz said. "You can't just stop you have to keep going you have to keep living your life."

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