When Alexa Hu was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in August of 2014, she was shocked.
She was just 36, and still breastfeeding her younger daughter at the time, and assumed the lump she had noticed was a mild case of mastitis.
It’s a story reminiscent of the nursing mom who believes her baby detected her cancer first.
Alexa spent the next 18 months battling her illness, but when the cancer spread to her brain earlier this year, she turned her energy outward. Alexa lost her battle on Monday, November 30, but not before issuing an important piece of advice to moms everywhere.
She said, in her final days, that the hardest part is knowing that she won’t be there for her two young daughters, Vivienne and Ilaria.
She — like the mom who went through her pregnancy with cancer — urged other young moms to get screened regularly, and to cherish every moment of motherhood.
She told WCVB, “Be present in the moment where your baby is thrilled because they have strawberries and appreciate that! You know? And be happy about that.”
Alexa Hu hoped that her message would reach other women before it’s too late. Her message is too heartbreaking — and too important — to be ignored.
If you would like to learn more about Alexa or donate to her family, please check out her page at the Jimmy Fund, and watch the video below.
And please SHARE Alexa’s final message with all of the young women in your life, to make sure her words reach and benefit as many people as possible!
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