MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WPDE) — Just a few months ago, life was going great for Natalie Thomas.
The 25-year-old Myrtle Beach native had a husband, Timothy, and a two year old son, Nate, she adored. She loved her job as a photographer.
On top of that, her family was getting ready to add a new baby girl. When she went to the hospital this January ready to welcome baby Bennett into the world, her life changed.
“When I went in they told me I was not in labor,” Thomas said. “It turns out my daughter had been putting pressure on my left kidney where I had a cancerous tumor and she had caused it to hemorrhage and bleed out, and that’s the pain I was feeling.”
Bennett was born healthy a few weeks later, around the same time Thomas was officially diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer in her kidney.
“It’s called primitive neuroectodermal tumors,” she said. “My oncologist has actually never even seen it himself in all his years of being a doctor.”
Now, Thomas spends every other week at MUSC in Columbia for chemotherapy.