A Las Vegas newsreader is battling a rare form of cancer caused by an incomplete miscarriage, she revealed on Instagram Monday.
The illness confronting 38-year-old Michelle Velez, one of the faces of KSNV NBC's Las Vegas faces, is due to a so-called molar toothache, a non-viable form that forms a mass like a grape the uterus.
In addition to a non-viable pregnancy that could be surgically removed, Velez's molar pregnancy became cancerous – an even rarer event.
Velez said her diagnosis was "shocking and frightening" but very treatable, although the aggressive treatment she needs to fight the disease has already sent her to the hospital for blood transfusion.
Michelle Velez, Newscaster in Las Vegas (right, along with her co-presenter Krystal Allen, left) She was pregnant in August. But the fertilization had gone awry and the 38-year-old developed a rare form of cancer known as molaring.
"I'm not sure how to do that, so I'll just give it to you," Velez wrote on Instagram.
"As many of you know, I've had some health problems in the last few months Problems.
"Honestly, we did not know exactly what was going on."
What was wrong was an unusual fertilization derailment that led to either partial or full molar pregnancy.
Complete Molar pregnancies occur when the ovulated egg that fertilizes the sperm actually contains no genetic material, and the father's DNA then duplicates, an untenable basis for a fetus.
By contrast, the fertilized egg contains the fertilized egg's maternal chromosomes Her father's genotype is still duplicated.
When she was diagnosed with cancer choriocarcinoma, Velez had to start chemotherapy immediately Fighting Rare, Rare Cancer
though The anchor has assured her viewers via Instagram posts that her forecast is "very good & # 39; and she is going to recover, the mother of two children says she still can not believe she has cancer
The former can not produce normal fetal tissue and instead cyst-like fluid bags from the woman's uterus.
Partial or incomplete molar pregnancies may contain normal fetal tissue but never become fully developed or viable fetuses.
The immediate symptoms of these pregnancies are bleeding, hypertension, ovarian cysts, anemia, and thyroid hyperfunction.
When miscarriage does not occur spontaneously, doctors typically detect molar pregnancy by using ultrasound and blood or urine tests for peaks in certain hormones.
Velez and her husband Alex had not tried to receive, but she was still excited to show him her positive pregnancy test when he came home on the evening of August 3rd.
She knew it was very early, but her pregnancy was devastated when her first ultrasound showed no healthy developing fetus three weeks later.
"When we did the ultrasound, the bag was empty," she told DailyMail.com.
Velez was excited to tell her husband Alex, 36 (photo, left), that her pregnancy test was unexpectedly positive in August. She could never have guessed that this would be the beginning of a harrowing journey through cancer, chemo, and the need for massive blood transfusions (right).
"There was a maternity bag, but there was nothing in it and it was really sad for me, because that had formed, but there was nothing there that our baby lost. & # 39;
Her doctor advised that it was best to check if a miscarriage would occur naturally before medical intervention.
However, instead of bleeding and miscarrying, Velez's body behaved next month as if carrying a viable fetus.
"I was really sick and confused, because if I had a miscarriage, why did I have all those pregnancy symptoms?" She was surprised.
"I vomited and was tired … it was like I was really in my first trimester."
At the end of this month of illness, Velez returned to her doctor for a second ultrasound.
"The ultrasound looked different – there was another material," recalls Velez.
They diagnosed a molar pregnancy – something she, like most women, had never heard of, but assured her that it was just as treatable.
For Velez, the hardest news was that she had to wait at least a year to try to get pregnant again to make sure that her hormone levels had dropped and sunk.
"I was really upset because after a miscarriage … are you holding on to it somehow [idea that]" I'll be able to have one, "and you're riding that wave," but Velez would not have that Option to try again sometime.
On Tuesday, Velez Ended Her First Round of Aggressive Chemotherapy Treatments
At least her condition could be handled fairly easily – she thought anyway.
But after she had an extension and curettage (D & C) to remove the tissue, her HCG hormone levels dropped and then increased.
19659002] Velez said her hormone levels, HCG, reached "astronomical values."
She added, "Basically, it was like being pregnant with five babies at the same time.
Her OBGYN described her as "the best doctor in town" – an oncologist.
& # 39; I said: & # 39; I do not want to visit an oncologist, why do I have to visit a cancer doctor? & # 39; & # 39; Velez remembers in panic.
In only a small percentage of these already rare persistent molar pregnancies, the hormone bursts and abnormal tissue triggers cancer.
"That happened to me," wrote Velez.
"Not a good reason, just unfortunate bad luck."
She was diagnosed with choriocarcinoma, a fast-growing cancer that begins in the womb and spreads to the lungs, kidneys and liver at Velez.
It's ironic. I've always been nervous about cancer – I think that's all – and then it happened to me, "Velez told DailyMail.com.
"But most people do not think about pregnancy and cancer, it's not what you put together, and that's part of why it was so scary and shocking and nobody wants to talk about it.
"I still think about it, 'Wow, I have cancer.' It has not really sunken yet. & # 39;
However, there was a silver lining.
"We can not say that often, but your prognosis is very, very good," recalls Velez.
As a public figure, Velez has talked about her rare circumstances and explained that many women have turned to her because they have felt less through their history alone – but she says it's her Stories and Strength Are Helping Her On (Photo with girlfriend and colleague Karina Howe, right)
The remission is all other than assured, but it meant immediately initiating aggressive chemotherapy.
Velez & # 39; s physician gave her a quick hiring review, noting that patients said that "all the hair falls out on aggressive chemotherapy," "well, it could be, but I tell people," that they're not Worrying You should be worried that you are losing your life. & # 39;
"At least I'm not in a position to stand in," she said.
Velez reassured her listeners that her cancer is curable, and deeply thanked for the support and compassion she received from women of all ages, especially women of all ages.
She is also grateful for the opportunity to shed some light on the rare disease she suffers from.
I should not talk about it, and I think these women [who are reaching out to me] see someone more in the limelight than letting them feel less alone, but I actually feel less alone, "says Velez.
She has just completed her first round of chemotherapy and has already been hospitalized after losing a large amount of blood.
But she has the goal in mind: to get well, "she said.
»I have two babies and they have to be there for them. & # 39;