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Aug 10, 2014 11:22 PM by Michelle Margaux - mmargaux@kristv.com

Family Goes Through Tough Nine Months Battling For Their Life

CORPUS CHRISTI - Cissy Smith has had a rough year. Her daughter Ricki was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 8 weeks pregnant, then three months later, Cissy got the news that her unborn granddaughter Juliana, would need a heart transplant in order to survive. The bad news continued.


"I found a lump on my breast. Ricki brought Juliana home and I had to call Ricki and say, 'Honey, you know, I hate to tell you this but I've got breast cancer, too," explained Cissy Smith.

She helped Ricki deal with her breast cancer and prayed for Juliana's heart transplant, but Cissy feels that her daughter has helped her more than anything.

"She's been my real strength and my real hope because she's gone through it and she know what I'm feeling," said Smith.

"I even prayed and said, 'God why couldn't you do this to me instead of her? She's young, she's got these kids and you know, as it worked out, yes I did have it," Smith explained.

She goes through chemotherapy until December and her outlook remains positive.

"We know that my daughter conquering her cancer is a miracle, that small child is a miracle, and I feel like I will be a miracle too," Smith said.

Praying for three miracles in a nine month span seems unfair for anybody to ask for, but her family doesn't worry about the cards they've been dealt.

"Well we're not asking why it happened to all three of us, something happened and we're just going face it all together," explained Smith.

Cissy says she wouldn't have been aware of her breast cancer if it weren't for her daughter being diagnosed first.

"If you haven't had your yearly mamogram, go get it," advised Smith.

Juliana turned 4 months old yesterday and is doing well living at home.

Her mom Ricki has also finally completed her radiation treatment. Cissy is still planning to work when the school-year starts as she completes her chemo treatments every three weeks.

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