At 34, Rita Trewick was a busy mother of two young boys and was going to the University of D.C. full-time, but then came two surprises.
“It’s a blessing to be here and share my story,” she says.
Trewick was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Doctors told her the cancer was spreading so quickly she needed a double mastectomy. She discovered she was three months pregnant the next day.
“I did not want the cancer or the thought of cancer get me down. I had a lot of faith there where let’s just go through with it, let’s do what we need to do,” she says.
Trewick had the surgery and started chemotherapy once doctors said it would be safe for her unborn daughter.
“We took the risk. We kind of knew that they were going to make sure that we were OK, me and my baby,” Trewick says.
In November, Malia was born healthy. Trewick just celebrated being cancer-free and is helping other survivors through treatment with the cancer support group D.C. Pink Divas.
“I didn’t focus on the problem, I focused on the solution and the solution was OK, I want to live. I have two other boys at home, I have a husband, I have a life ahead of me that I want to accomplish.”
Trewick has a lot to celebrate this week. She graduates from the University of D.C. Saturday and hopes to be a psychologist. She will also participate in the Komen Global Race for the Cure. On Sunday, she’ll celebrate Mother’s Day with her three children.