Madison Mom's Battle With Cancer Continues
by Chris Conte
MADISON, Tenn. - Life often leaves us somewhere between uncertainty and the unknown, that is the place in which Amber Rose McLemore has found herself for the last 11 months after being diagnosed with cancer one month after learning she was pregnant.
"Cancer is not a pretty word but we're dealing with it every day right now," the 32-year-old recently said in an interview.
Amber spends most of her days in her Madison home studio recording voice overs for local radio and television commercials. The aspiring musician has even released a music video for a song she recently wrote, about when her doctor uttered the phrase "it's cancer" everything changed.
"Two out of three women that get diagnosed with breast cancer survive, so it's still, two out of three still is a scary number for me," she said.
Six months into her pregnancy during the summer of 2013 the 32-year-old was forced to stop intense chemotherapy meant to save her life because the drugs being pumped through her veins would have killed her baby.
Doctors biggest concern at the time of birth were the baby's lungs when he was being delivered four weeks premature.
"They presumed the cancer had only been in my system two months and it had already reached stage three," she said about the illness.
With the odds stacked against him and with one big scream Brantley McLemore came into the world at 4:44 p.m. on September 10, 2013, weighing a little more than 5 pounds.
But Amber's journey wasn't over-- just a few weeks after Brantley was born she had to restart intense chemotherapy in hopes of getting rid of her breast cancer.
"I'm afraid of relapsing and showing up for a regular doctor's appointment and having to hear that ‘it came back,'" she said a few days after Christmas during her final chemotherapy appointment.
Through her final few hours of treatment, Amber's husband Shane sat by her side marveling at the strength and courage he said his wife has embodied through out the last year.
"I often think, 'why her? Why does she have to be the one sitting there? Why not me, why not somebody else? Why did it have to be her?'" he wondered.
Around 4 p.m. the day after Christmas, with Shane by her side and baby Brantley on her lap, Amber finished her last round of chemotherapy. She still has a handful of surgeries left to make sure the cancer is gone but is hopeful some of the uncertainty she's lived with since last year is now behind her.
"We're gonna see brighter days from here on out."