She's so thankful for the ability to feed her child. You'll cry when you find out why.
Anastasia Pittis cherishes the time she spends breastfeeding her daughter. For the Albuquerque, New Mexico mom, it's the bright spot in an otherwise painful story.
Pittis noticed that her daughter, Xenia Verhagan's head was becoming larger than normal when she was about two months old, according to The Huffington Post. The infant also had trouble looking up, which prompted Pittis to take her child in for testing. Doctors discovered that Xenia had hydrocephalus, or fluid in the brain, which had formed due to a brain tumor. According to Pittis, Xenia was flown to Colorado to have the tumor removed and the excess fluid drained from her brain.
But Xenia's battle didn't end there: Her treatment plan also includes six cycles of chemotherapy. As hard as it must be for a mother to watch her child suffer like this, Pittis takes great comfort in one thing: her ability to breastfeed her daughter.
Pittis shared a bit of her story on Breastfeeding Mama Talk, a social media resource for breastfeeding mothers.
"My daughter was born with stage 3 brain cancer. I am incredibly happy to have the opportunity to breastfeed her while she goes through chemotherapy. It has been a bonding experience for the both of us, especially because no day is guaranteed," she wrote. The post has gone viral and you can learn more about Xenia and her journey here.
Sadly, the Facebook post has seen some hateful comments amidst the outpouring of love and support for this mother—but instead of focusing on that, let's all take a minute to recognize how tremendous the power of motherhood is. What an amazing, heartbreaking, and inspirational story this is.