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"With no family history, and I’m so young, it just wasn’t alarming to anyone," Steinbeck says.
She found Borges during her search for a second opinion. Without the pain returning after her third pregnancy, "I don’t know what would have happened, when I would have realized."
She calls her third child "angel baby." She adds: "One of my doctors has even said, ‘That baby probably saved your life.’ "
Steinbeck started her first of six rounds of chemotherapy Sept. 16. She grew up playing competitive sports and has never had weight issues, but she has found the center’s "Fighting Cancer with a Fork" nutrition program helpful.
"I was never a big fish-eater," she says. "I’ve been working hard at making sure the whole family doesn’t eat things with carcinogens in them and increasing the antioxidant foods, and eating tons of things like broccoli and red peppers, grapefruit, a cup of something red a day."
Steinbeck also is participating in several studies at the center.
"I would do just about anything I can do that doesn’t hurt me to help make sure other women don’t have to go through this," Steinbeck says. "Imagine if my baby girl didn’t have to deal with any of it."
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