PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WKBN) – Adrienne Toth’s smile can instantly fill a room. Her son Kellan, who’s 15 months old, seems to make that smile permanent.
Images of mom and son are captured during a photo shoot Tuesday inside Maniac Magazine’s Pittsburgh office.
“He just surprises me every day. He loves the song Let It Go from Frozen. He sings it all the time. He is talking. He loves to dance,” Adrienne said.
Adrienne won the magazine’s online “Maniac Mom” Facebook contest. The story of her battle with cancer will be published in the upcoming “Women of Power” edition. The pictures taken Tuesday in Pittsburgh will appear in that article and will be released in the September/October issue in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
Adrienne and her doctors celebrated after Kellan’s birth on April 17th, 2013. Diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy, the chemotherapy she received appeared to work, and she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. In addition, both of her breasts were removed and no cancer was detected. All scans were also clear. But this past March, Adrienne learned that her cancer had spread to her liver.
“There was less than a 10 percent chance of it spreading and it did,” Adrienne said.
She is now on two chemotherapy plans, one of which is a clinical study.
“My last scans were at the end of June and it showed a 72 percent regression, which was the fastest, most drastic they’ve had in this trial,” Adrienne said.
Adrienne’s determination and blessings keep her going. Each day is all about baby steps for her and her family.
“I don’t let myself think too far ahead, which is hard and I get emotional thinking about it,” Adrienne explained. “A lot of people can look forward to certain milestones, and I am just taking every day one at a time and enjoying that day.”
Adrienne would like more kids one day, but Kellan is keeping her quite busy – a daily reminder of who she is living for.