Just over a year ago, 30-year-old mother Tasha Kann was diagnosed with a brain tumor called Anaplastic Astrosytoma Grade lll, a rare and malignant form of cancer. Tasha was approximately 20 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby girl.
Doctors informed Tasha that her best chance of survival and more time was to abort the child and immediately begin chemotherapy and radiation. However, Tasha didn’t want to end her baby’s life, even if it meant her own life would come to an end sooner.
“I didn’t know what really to think. I guess in my mind, brain cancer, I thought I would die. To be honest, I thought I would anyways. So I thought I would just keep my baby alive,” said Tasha.
Tasha believed that there was a safer route, not only herself, but for her baby as well.
According to Tasha’s GoFundMe, “After much research and many prayers, Tasha decided her best outcome from this disease would be to continue her pregnancy and fight it as naturally as possible, refusing chemo and radiation.”
Gracey Joyce Kann was born last October. She was as healthy and cute as could be, and the Kann family fell in love with her.
Tasha’s cancer had been growing from her central nervous system and is diffused into three lobes of her brain. It is now considered to be a Gliomatosis Cerebri, which is highly aggressive and very resistant to treatment. Surgery is not an option, and the prognosis lessened from years to months for Tasha. The prognosis was 12 months, and Tasha is now at 14 months.
In a new interview with Fox News, Kann recalls her journey.
Kann said she still vividly recalls the moment that a group of three doctors entered her hospital room and stood at the foot of her bed.
“They all looked at me and told me my best chances of survival would be to get an abortion and start treatment immediately — which might give me five to eight years of survival,” she told Fox News Digital.
“I told them absolutely not,” Kann said referring to the abortion.
More than a year after her diagnosis — defying the doctors’ predictions — she is still alive.
“I was a little scared, but I never lost hope,” Kann said of her diagnosis. “I knew I had to be strong for my baby.”
When making the decision about her care, Kann said her faith was the biggest factor.
“Aborting my baby was never an option to me because it goes against God’s will,” she said.
“I had many deep conversations with Jesus that week in the hospital, and knew that if I held onto the Lord and his promises, he would keep my baby safe.”
Kann has no regrets as she now fights her own medical battles.
“Every single day, I look at my beautiful baby and think about how easy it was for them to tell me to abort — like she was nothing,” Kann told Fox News Digital.
“If I had listened — like most patients do, because they trust their doctors and don’t do their own research — my baby wouldn’t be here,” she said. “It’s a miracle from God that we are both here.”
Kann is now getting expensive immunotherapy that will cost over $100,000 for the year.
“The oncologist said she doesn’t know how it’s possible I’m still alive,” Kann said. “How can there be any other answer than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?”
Tasha Kann’s story shows how abortion does not have to be a necessary choice for women. Instead, Tasha chose to research her options and decided to save her baby, who is now eight months old. By doing so, she protected herself from treatment that could have resulted in her death, and she protected her baby from abortion. Her community and family has always been and always will be there to support her. And she is not giving up.
The GoFundMe page for Tasha Kann and her family is available HERE.
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