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Today we celebrate Mother's Day through the inspiring story of 37 year old Trisha Henry Gaffney, a cancer survivor. Gaffney participates in SurvivorLink, a web based program that provides specialized, long term follow up care to pediatric cancer survivors. Through SurvivorLink at Aflac Cancer Blood Disorders Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Gaffney learned the steps she needed to take in order to have children.

"I felt kind of funny going (to Scottish Rite). Here I was 32 years old, and I'm going to the Children's Hospital and seeing all my friends," she said.

"I felt very empowered," said Gaffney, Nike Jackets Red And White

On April 11, 2013, the Gaffney's baby, Isabella, was born.

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"I still don't believe it because she's such a joy in my life. Sometimes I have to pinch myself because it doesn't feel real," Gaffney said.

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A Godsend Fighter Survivor Mother Trisha Gaffney recounts her rocky but empowering road to motherhood

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Although Gaffney regularly went to her primary doctor, she soon realized that he could not address some of her physical issues caused by the cancer.

A co worker at Camp Sunshine where Gaffney worked during the summers urged her and other cancer survivors at the camp to look into the Survivor's Clinic. In September 2008, Gaffney went to the Survivor Clinic at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite for the initial visit where her records and a history were gathered.

"She said, 'I think it's my calling in life to carry your child, and I would like to do that for you,'" Gaffney recalled.

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A childhood friend of Gaffney's sister volunteered to be a surrogate for her when she spoke with her at a wedding shower.

"I don't know where I would be today if I had not gone in that day for that appointment. As a survivor, you try to move on, past cancer. I am so thankful that I went there. I always knew I would be a mother one way or the other. To be able to have a child that is mine biologically means more than anything," she said.

Gaffney met with Medical Director Lillian Meacham, who leads the Survivor Program. At the clinic, she received the big picture on her health, treatments, and lasting effects.

Around Christmas in 2008, her husband Andrew, a 1993 graduate of Pope High School, proposed and the couple married Sept. 6, 2009. When a test showed that Gaffney could not carry a baby, she started searching for a surrogate through friends and family.

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"They said I needed to see an endocrinologist. They said, 'you need to see a fertility specialist now.' I was not married and I was like 'what's with the panic,'" she said.

"(Being a mother) makes me cry. It's the best blessing anyone could ask for. It's the biggest gift. I just never knew you could love someone that much. She makes me smile," she said.

A week after her initial appointment at the Survivor Clinic, Gaffney met with a fertility specialist and started the process to freeze her eggs.

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"My mom was worried that I was having radiation to the pelvis. I always thought on the fertility thing that it would be a yes or no, not to a certain time period. I just kind of figured it would be OK," said Gaffney, who grew up in east Cobb. She graduated from Walton High School in 1994.

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On Feb. 14, 1996 at age Nike Long Sleeve Black 19, Gaffney who was on a swimming scholarship to University of Illinois was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma of her right ureter, the tube connecting the kidney and bladder. The rare form of cancer usually affects young children.

"I was stunned. It took me by surprise. I took it in stride," she said.

who works with Dr. Sanjay Gupta as a medical producer at CNN.

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