A North Carolina mother of two who found a cancerous tumor in her foot while getting a pedicure had to have her right leg amputated below the shin.
Jenn Andrews, 33, was pregnant with her first child, four-year-old Hannah, in 2013 when a pedicurist saw the nodule resting on the top of the mom’s right foot.
‘I had never noticed it before and didn’t think much of it. Because I was pregnant, I didn’t really do much about it,’ Andrews said to People.com.
Jenn Andrews, 33, was pregnant with her first child, four-year-old Hannah, in 2013 when a pedicurist saw the nodule resting on the top of the mom’s right foot
But Andrews thought nothing of the growth until she gave birth to her second child Ari, 3, and had it removed and tested.
The Charlotte, North Carolina, health and wellness coach was told that she had a slow-growing tumor that was known as low-grade myxiod sarcoma. The rare, cancerous mass can become incredibly deadly if left to grow.
Going for regular checkups, doctors soon told Andrews that the tumor had grown back in January.
The Charlotte, North Carolina, health and wellness coach was told that she had a slow-growing tumor that was known as low-grade myxiod sarcoma
‘He said if I never want to deal with it again I’d have to lose my right foot – and I didn’t hear a word he said after that,’ Andrews added.
Dr. Joshua Patt, an orthopedic oncologist at Levine Cancer Center, shared that the conversation was difficult, given his own history with an aunt having to have her own leg amputated when it was discovered she had cancer.
‘You should think about your children and watching your kids walk down the aisle and if that’s the most important thing in your life, then you should have an amputation,’ he said to the mother.
Dr. Joshua Patt (right), an orthopedic oncologist at Levine Cancer Center, shared that the conversation was difficult because his aunt had to have her leg amputated
‘I did this because I love life. I’m not one to miss out on life. I have a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old who I love more than you can love someone else and the idea of them growing up without me just broke my heart. Anything I could do to be there for them, I was willing to do — and that’s what I did,’ she said.
Andrews shared that she cried a lot during the process but that high-school sweetheart hubby – Miles – was willing to spend many nights going over her options.
Andrews made an emotional Facebook video asking people to #MoveforJenn on the day of her surgery on March 12, detailing how she wanted people to be active.
While the mother was in surgery, the video garnered 80,000 views and people across the country took to social media to share their #MoveForJenn post.
The video has more than 80,000 views and while she was in surgery, people across her hometown and beyond were tagging pictures on social media using the hashtag #MoveForJenn as they got out and walked, ran — anything to show their support
Andrews ultimately made the decision to have her leg amputated for her two children
Longtime best-friend, Katie Covington, added: ‘Jenn is always the person who is uplifting, she puts everyone else before herself and it was so cool to see all these random people come though for her. I couldn’t believe it.
‘When I woke up from surgery my Facebook and Instagram was flooded with #MoveForJenn posts and I can’t put into words what it meant to me to see that so many people got moving,’ continued Andrews.
Andrew has been fitted for a prosthetic foot and awaits its arrival.
While the mother was in surgery, the video garnered 80,000 views and people across the country took to social media to share their #MoveForJenn post
The wellness coach plans to run in a 5k by the end of the year and has already set up a GoFundMe to cover the insurance of a wet foot and running blade.
Covington said: ‘I know she’s going to do so much good through this. She can’t wait to start helping other people.’
For the mother-of-two, she just hopes her kids learn to love her new norm.
‘One thing I’ve instilled I them is that I’m not gonna look the same, but I’m still the same mom,’ said Andrews. ‘They know I’m still their number one and I always will be.’