For Kim Vaillancourt, pregnant while staving off aggressive brain cancer, it comes down to this: “The baby saved me. Now it’s my turn to save him.”
Vaillancourt was diagnosed with glioblastoma after going to the hospital for headaches and nausea that came on over Christmas. Were it not for concern for the boy she’s carrying, she and her husband, Phil, said it was a life-saving trip she would not have made.
They believe the unexpected pregnancy was heaven-sent.
Kim had surgery to remove the tumors, but now, to give the baby they’ve named Wyatt Eli the same chance he gave her, she is postponing any follow-up chemotherapy and radiation to avoid threatening her developing child.
“She’s going to do what she can to save the baby’s life and give it the healthiest life possible,” Phil Vaillancourt said.
It had already been an eventful time in the Vaillancourt home in the Buffalo suburb of Tonawanda. The couple and their 11- and 12-year-old children had spent Dec. 23 in Erie County Family Court for an adoption ceremony that made three sisters— ages 6, 7 and 10 — the couple had been fostering permanent members of their family.
With five kids on break from school, Kim wouldn’t normally have made a fuss about feeling ill.