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Mom delays cancer care to protect baby she says saved her

In this March 11, 2016 photo, Phil Vaillancourt holds photos of his wife, Kim and their children at their home in Tonawanda, N.Y. Late last year, shortly after learning she was pregnant, Kim was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer, and was rushed into surgery to remove two tumors that doctors said could have soon killed her. But to give her unborn baby a chance at life, Kim is postponing the chemotherapy and radiation, considered her best defense against the cancer, until after the baby's birth.
In this March 11, 2016 photo, Phil Vaillancourt holds photos of his wife, Kim and their children at their home in Tonawanda, N.Y. Late last year, shortly after learning she was pregnant, Kim was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer, and was rushed into surgery to remove two tumors that doctors said could have soon killed her. But to give her unborn baby a chance at life, Kim is postponing the chemotherapy and radiation, considered her best defense against the cancer, until after the baby's birth. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

TONAWANDA, N.Y. – Kim Vaillancourt was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer just days after she and her husband Phil adopted three young sisters they’d been fostering in their suburban Buffalo home.

As devastating as the news was, the couple —with two biological children and another on the way — are grateful the cancer was found.

They say it may have gone undetected because Vaillancourt wouldn’t have gone to the hospital for headaches and nausea that came on over Christmas if she weren’t pregnant and worried about the baby.

Surgery removed the tumors for now, but Vaillancourt is postponing the chemotherapy and radiation that are her best hope in delaying the cancer’s return.

She says the baby saved her and now it’s her turn to save him.

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