TOP News

relationships: Her husband died of cancer. Now she's trying to have a baby with his preserved sperm

Why Cancer Deaths Are Declining in the U.S., Per a New Report: ‘Unprecedented Progress’

  Why Cancer Deaths Are Declining in the U.S., Per a New Report: ‘Unprecedented Progress’ Finally, some (mostly) goods news.Last week, the American Association for Cancer Research published a new Annual Cancer Disparities Progress Report, in which the association announced that they had seen “evidenced unprecedented progress” in the fight against cancer in the last 10 years.

In August 2016, Josh and Fabi Powell learned that Josh’s cancer had metastasized and he wouldn't survive until their planned May 2017 wedding date. They faced tough conversations no young couple wants to have. Should they still get married with Josh only having months to live? Where would Josh want his final resting place to be? Josh eventually shared something about their future that gave Fabi a new purpose.

“He was very intentional about having this conversation — that’s when he shared about (wanting) babies and he said, ‘How cool would it be to have a little piece of me live on forever and you would be the best mom,’” Fabi, 35, of Tennessee tells TODAY.com. “He intentionally planted the seed … it was the only time in our relationship that we talked about him possibly not being here."

Trying to survive: To access lifesaving drugs, young cancer patients face huge hurdles

  Trying to survive: To access lifesaving drugs, young cancer patients face huge hurdles Young Canadians with cancer are often forced to navigate bureaucratic red tape in order to avoid eye-popping medical bills. All of this paperwork takes time, and a vast amount of already-depleted energy to complete. Needless to say, for Grundy, both time and energy were in short supply after her rare-cancer diagnosis. Read more: St. Thomas, Ont. family racing to get cancer treatment for 11-year-old daughter “I would have to jump through all of these hoops as a young person under the age of 65 to get access to this treatment that is supposed to kill the cancer cells and save my life.

The couple moved their wedding to November and Josh died in December 2016. Four years later, Fabi started in-vitro fertilization to hopefully conceive her late husband’s baby. She has faced a lot of challenges in her attempt to become a mom, but she’s sharing her experience on social media to help others pursuing IVF feel less alone.

At first Josh and Fabi Powell dated long distance as she lived in California and he lived in Tennessee. After his cancer diagnosis, she moved closer to help support him. (Courtesy Fabi Powell) © Courtesy Fabi Powell At first Josh and Fabi Powell dated long distance as she lived in California and he lived in Tennessee. After his cancer diagnosis, she moved closer to help support him. (Courtesy Fabi Powell)

“Most people suffer in silence while going through IVF,” she says. “That’s been so rewarding, having messages from other IVF warriors thanking me for being so transparent with the journey so that other people can really understand what we all go through.”

Signs you need a mental health day off, and how to reset

  Signs you need a mental health day off, and how to reset Taking a break for physical health issues is super common, but doing so for the sake of your mental health is still a gray area. Sometimes you just need to acknowledge that you do deserve a mental health day, and it's far from selfish. Just like a sick day gives your body rest, a mental health day gives your brain a break. Whether the cause is coming from your personal or professional life, taking a day for yourself is crucial to maintaining your overall health and well-being. Are you unsure of the signs that indicate you need a mental health day off? Need help resetting? Click through this gallery for some guidance.

Girls’ weekend ends with a serious connection

Fabi, who lived in California, was with friends visiting Nashville for a weekend in 2014 when she met Josh at a bar. She says 'witty banter' immediately connected them.

After Fabi returned home, they continued talking with FaceTime conversations. Fabi says it wasn't long into their relationship when she realized she wanted to marry him.

“We just were so aligned in so many ways. We have the same morals, and we were both family oriented,” she says. “He had checked boxes that I had dreamed of finding in my forever person.”

Two months after they met, Josh — a West Point graduate who was still on active duty — received some bad health news.

“He was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma,” Fabi says of Josh's cancer diagnosis. “That took us on a wild and crazy rollercoaster ride.”

Before Josh Powell passed away, he and Fabi Powell faced a lot of tough conversations, including where he wanted his final resting place to be. Fabi, here, with Josh's casket at Arlington National Cemetery. (Courtesy Fabi Powell) © Courtesy Fabi Powell Before Josh Powell passed away, he and Fabi Powell faced a lot of tough conversations, including where he wanted his final resting place to be. Fabi, here, with Josh's casket at Arlington National Cemetery. (Courtesy Fabi Powell)

Fabi said doctors didn’t stage Josh’s cancer but told them it “was contained, which was a really positive thing.” Synovial sarcoma is a type of cancer that forms in the body’s soft tissues, such as muscles or ligaments, according to National Cancer Institute. Of all the soft tissue tumor diagnoses, it makes up about 5% to 10% of them. Josh underwent chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries to treat the cancer.

20 early symptoms of dementia

  20 early symptoms of dementia Cognitive decline becomes classified as dementia when it is severe enough to interfere with daily life and activities. Alzheimer’s disease, for instance, one of the most widespread forms of dementia, causes brain cell function to deteriorate. Would you be able to recognize the symptoms of this creeping affliction? Keep reading to explore the subtle signs of dementia, which tends to worsen as you age.

Fabi moved to Nashville to support Josh, and while the two navigated the challenges of having cancer, they also had moments of joy.

“What this cancer diagnosis was able to do is bless us with this beautiful full perspective that life is short and to not sweat the small stuff,” she says. “We tried to pack our lives and our days with as much living as we possible could when he did feel well, so that was in between chemo and radiation and surgeries...you name it.”

Josh had surgery to remove a tumor and was in remission when he asked Fabi to marry him in the summer of 2016.

“Unfortunately, shortly after he proposed, we found out that his cancer had metastasized to his lungs,” she says. “There was still hope. After that we still had a couple chemotherapy options to try to slow down the growth.”

Fabi and Josh Powell shared the same values and enjoyed © Courtesy Fabi Powell Fabi and Josh Powell shared the same values and enjoyed

Those options didn’t work and by August it became clear that Josh’s time was limited.

Josh had saved some of his sperm before starting cancer treatments, as chemotherapy and radiation can impact fertility. They moved their wedding to November 12, 2016, and everything fell into place — even though Josh was three hours late. He had been in the intensive care unit for much of that week and needed extra time to prepare.

Cook this: Three recipes from The Miracle of Salt, including preserved lemons

  Cook this: Three recipes from The Miracle of Salt, including preserved lemons Our cookbook of the week is The Miracle of Salt by Naomi Duguid. Tomorrow, we’ll feature an interview with the author. Jump to the recipes: Salt-Preserved Lemons, Warming Bean Soup with Salt-Preserved Lemon and Miso, and Slow-Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Anchovies and Rosemary. Salt-preserved lemons are like sunshine in a jar, says Toronto-based writer and photographer Naomi Duguid . Just seeing them seems to add flavour. “They’re so beautiful to look at that even if you don’t use them, they’re heart-lifting.” Duguid first learned about salt-preserved lemons from Claudia Roden’s seminal work, A Book of Middle Eastern Food (1968).

“He was my forever person, the only person that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with,” Fabi says.

Josh died 31 days after the wedding.

“We got on palliative care shortly after our wedding,” Fabi says. “It’s honestly such a blur. Your body just goes into survival mode, and you become very numb.”

Starting IVF

Fabi understood that she should avoid making any big choices for the first year after Josh’s death.

“I wanted to give myself time to process my grief and allow life to take its course,” she says.

Fabi Powell hopes that IVF will help her conceive a child with her late husband, Josh, who she considers her © Courtesy Fabi Powell Fabi Powell hopes that IVF will help her conceive a child with her late husband, Josh, who she considers her

After some time, she tried dating, thinking that maybe a future partner wouldn’t mind that she wanted to have her late husband’s child or perhaps she’d meet someone who couldn’t have children. But none of those relationships worked out.

“I wanted to give myself a chance at finding love again before jumping into my IVF journey,” she says. “I just never found anybody that I wanted to spend a significant amount of time with let alone be the father of my children.”

The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown refocused her thinking and reminded her how much she valued family.

“I’ve given it more than a fair shot so why am I not just moving forward with IVF to have a baby?” she says.

Cancer researchers tout better treatments, survival rates but concerns over equity

  Cancer researchers tout better treatments, survival rates but concerns over equity Cancer researchers say patients are living longer thanks to better detection and treatments, but they fear rising case numbers and gaps in data could undermine gains. They’re calling for more investment in health-care and disease management as they predict an aging, sicker population will further strain an already stretched system while at-risk groups fall further behind. The Canadian Cancer Society released a report Tuesday that found as of Jan. 1, 2018, more than 1.5 million people in Canada had received a cancer diagnosis in the previous 25 years and were still alive on that date. Cancer surgeon and researcher Dr.

At the first clinic she went to, Fabi had two egg retrievals and embryo transfers that failed. The embryos undergo a selection process to make sure they don’t carry a gene for cancer, which can be tougher.

“By far, aside from navigating life without my husband, this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life and my heart goes out to anybody who is forced to have to go through this process to try and create their family,” she says. “It’s not only emotionally draining, it’s financially draining ... it’s so physically taxing on your body to go through this.”

Fabi says she takes breaks to allow herself "time to heal.”

“It’s necessary to give your body time and your heart time to heal before you have the energy to get back in and fight for it,” she says. “What gets me through is a lot of prayer and knowing deep down in my heart that this is supposed to happen and the only way that it’s going to is if I keep going.”

Even after Josh Powell became sick the couple tried to enjoy as much of life together as they could. (Courtesy Fabi Powell) © Courtesy Fabi Powell Even after Josh Powell became sick the couple tried to enjoy as much of life together as they could. (Courtesy Fabi Powell)

Fabi says she has had three eggs retrieved at a new clinic, and one viable embryo is available for transfer when she’s ready.

“Josh laid this dream on my heart and it’s not something that I can just give up,” she says. “I like to live my life where I can look back and have the least amount of regrets I possibly can. I know this baby is supposed to be here and because I feel so strongly about that, that’s what gives me the energy and the courage and the strength to keep fighting.”

This article was originally published on TODAY.com

13 Best Foods to Cleanse Your Colon .
Occurred on November 28, 2022 / USA: "My 'threenager' throwing a tantrum on his way to the car and a delivery box gets revenge, causing him to spill his happy meal."

See also