Stacy's Story: Pregnant with Breast Cancer

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Stacy Gross wears a Breast Cancer Awareness charm bracelet as she sits for an interview at Panera Bread off Agerton Lane near the Augusta Exchange on Thursday, August 15, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Thirty-one year-old Stacy Gross (right) sits in a waiting room with her mother Jessie Gross (center) as they wait for Stacy's name to be called for pre-op to prepare for her lumpectomy procedure at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Gross was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer when she was about four months pregnant. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross, who has never had surgery before, sits on the hospital bed while speaking with her best friend Kimberly Nujin (center) and mother Jessie Gross (left) as they wait together during pre-op at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross holds her hair as her best friend Kimberly Nujin (right) ties the back of her hospital gown during pre-op at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Jessie Gross (center) sits and watches as her youngest daughter gets ready for surgery. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross's best friend Kimberly Nujin (right) tosses a blanket across Gross as they wait in a hospital room during pre-op before her lumpectomy procedure at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross, who does not like needles, leans back against her pillows as a nurse starts her IV during pre-op at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross (center) looks up at her best friend Kimberly Nujin (left) as they joke before Gross is wheeled to an operating room for her lumpectomy procedure at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Surgeon Randy Cooper (left) discusses how he will go about the lumpectomy procedure with patient Stacy Gross (right) during pre-op at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Surgeon Randy Cooper (center) leans to mark where he will be removing cancerous tissue from Stacy Gross's right breast in her lumpectomy surgery at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Pam Anderson (left, foreground) and Kimberly Nujin (right) wait with Gross. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross rests her head as a nurse checks her fetal heart rate during pre-op before Gross's lumpectomy procedure at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Gross's best friend Kimberly Nujin (center) leans against the wall, in the corner of the room. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Jessie Gross (left) leans to kiss her youngest daughter Stacy Gross as nurses prepare to roll her to an operating room for her lumpectomy procedure at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Best friends since childhood, Kimberly Nujin (right) puts her forehead on Stacy Gross's head as they pray before Gross is wheeled toward an operating room for her lumpectomy procedure at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Scrub technician Voncille McKie (left, background) suctions as Surgeon Randy Cooper (right) cauterizes during Stacy Gross's lumpectomy procedure where he removes cancerous tissue from her right breast at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Surgical Nurse Stacey Howell holds Stacy Gross's right arm near the end of her lumpectomy procedure at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Surgical Nurse Stacey Howell (center) and Anesthesiologist Jingesh Patel (center, background) speak with Stacy Gross as they wheel her out of her room to an operating room where Surgeon Randy Cooper is waiting to perform her lumpectomy procedure at University Hospital on Friday, August 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross listens to Oncologist Mark Keaton (right) explain how the chemotherapy will not hurt her unborn baby on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Oncologist Mark Keaton checks Stacy Gross during her first chemotherapy consultation on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Gross was cleared to start chemotherapy treatments once she started her third trimester. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross sits on an exam bed during her first chemotherapy consultation with oncologist Mark Keaton on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Gross turns to her mother Jessie Gross and sister Tara Jenkins. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross walks from an exam room at Oncologist Mark Keaton's office for check-out, where she will schedule her first round of chemotherapy treatment, on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Medical assistant Princess Welcher (left) checks the fetal heart rate as Stacy Gross leans back while waiting to see obstetrician Calvin Hobbs for a routine follow-up appointment on Thursday, August 29, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Obstetrician Calvin Hobbs (center) stands and listens to Stacy Gross explain how she feels after lumpectomy surgery and how the baby is doing during a routine appointment on Thursday, August 29, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Obstetrician Calvin Hobbs checks Stacy Gross and baby during a routine appointment on Thursday, August 29, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross (right) stretches her right arm, which was sore from her lumpectomy surgery about two-weeks before, with Pam Anderson (left) on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the Breast Health Center in Augusta, Georgia. Anderson showed Gross how to stretch the arm, to reduce the ache and pain from her procedure. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross applies foundation from her make-up kit from Look Good, Feel Better, where Gross along with other breast cancer patients learned skin care needs as they go through treatment and how to make turbans and apply wigs at University Hospital's Breast Health Center on Monday, September 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Gross's sister Tara Jenkins (background) sits with her. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross walks through a wig selection at University Hospital's Breast Health Center on Monday, September 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross sits as the example on how to rub foundation into your skin during the Look Good, Feel Better event at University Hospital's Breast Health Center on Monday, September 16, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross (right) looks through pictures from her 3D ultrasound as she waits with her sister Tara Jenkins (center, left) and mother Jessie Gross for a routine appointment with obstetrician Calvin Hobbs on Monday, September 23, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Tara Jenkins holds a photo of her niece as she sits with her sister Stacy Gross in an exam room for a routine appointment with obstetrician Calvin Hobbs on Monday, September 23, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Obstetrician Calvin Hobbs (right) checks Stacy Gross (center) and baby during a routine appointment after a sonogram and ultrasound on Monday, September 23, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Gross's sister Tara Jenkins (left) sits by her side. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross (right) shakes hands with her sister Tara Jenkins to seal a bet between the two of them after Jenkins said Stacy will ask for drugs as soon as she goes into labor -- Gross's baby is due in Decemeber -- after a sonogram and ultrasound on Monday, September 23, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Gross thinks she will be able to last longer than her sister thinks without pain medicine once she goes into labor. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Oncologist Mark Keaton (left) checks Stacy Gross (center) before she started her first round of chemotherapy on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at doctor Mark Keaton's oncology offices in West Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross (left) laughs with Kimberly Nujin and Jessie Gross as they wait for doctor Mark Keaton to come check on Gross before she starts her first round of chemotherapy treatment on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at doctor Mark Keaton's oncology offices in West Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Oncologist Mark Keaton (center) sits and takes questions from Stacy Gross and her family just before Gross started her first round of chemotherapy on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at doctor Mark Keaton's oncology offices in West Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross sits in a chair in the far corner of the room as Kimberly Nujin (center) and Jessie Gross (right) walk outside before Gross's chemotherapy treatment starts on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at doctor Mark Keaton's oncology offices in West Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Oncology nurse Heather Evans inserts the line for Stacy Gross's chemotherapy treatment on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at doctor Mark Keaton's oncology offices in West Augusta, Georgia. Thursday was Gross's first round of chemotherapy. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Oncology Nurse Heather Evans sets up the pump of chemotherapy treatment as Stacy Gross (left) looks out the window on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at doctor Mark Keaton's oncology offices in West Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Stacy Gross looks up as her chemotherapy drip beeps during her first chemotherapy treatment on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at doctor Mark Keaton's oncology offices in West Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Kimberly Nujin (right), Stacy Gross's best friend, drove from Charlotte to be with Gross during her first round of chemotherapy treatment on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at doctor Mark Keaton's oncology offices in West Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Best friends since childhood, Stacy Gross (right) and Kimberly Nujin (left) look at each other as Gross's chemotherapy treatment drips on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at doctor Mark Keaton's oncology offices in West Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff

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