Kommah, breast cancer survivor

“I knew inside something was wrong.”

Kommah had just gotten engaged when she found the lump in her breast. Her doctors assured her she was too young to have cancer. She insisted her doctors remove the growth. That’s when they confirmed what she had intuited.

Lacking confidence in her doctors, Kommah had her records transferred to City of Hope. She was diagnosed with late-stage inflammatory breast cancer – a very aggressive cancer – and told she had a five percent chance of surviving two years.

To make matters worse, Kommah and her husband learned chances were slim she’d ever have a child, given the intense treatment she’d have to go through. “We were planning to adopt. But the radiation oncologist said he wanted to give me a fighting chance,” Kommah noted.

He understood us better than we did ourselves. So he covered my reproductive organs. He was doing his part to make sure that if I could have a baby, my organs would be healthy enough to do it. Caring forethought like that is what makes City of Hope so special. Kommah McDowell

Exactly two years after her final radiation treatment, Kommah got an even more surprising medical diagnosis: She was pregnant. Her miracle son, Christian, has changed her life in every way. Once an ambitious financial services professional, Kommah has devoted herself entirely to her family and raising Christian, whom she playfully calls her “supervisor” (and refers to herself as a “domestic engineer.")

Now completely cancer free, Kommah says about her experience: “City of Hope treated me as a person. I wasn’t just a patient, a chart. I mattered. My team cared for me all through the journey. They knew what was important to me.”