BUCHAREST, Romania, July 4, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Daniela Popa’s husband was away on spiritual retreat in Mount Athos, Greece, when she suddenly began to experience a high fever that she could not bring under control. It was May 2005. Daniela’s worries increased when she also began to experience heavy fatigue, intense sweating, and swollen neck glands. When Daniela’s husband Richard finally returned, an emergency biopsy revealed stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma, or cancer of the lymphatic system.
Natural treatment proved ineffective and within months, Daniela was fighting for her life against the most aggressive form of the cancer (stage 4).
“The fever was higher, my glands had grown bigger and I was itching all over my body,” recalled Daniela in an interview with Familia Ortodoxă magazine.
By September, Daniela was hardly able to walk anymore. Her swollen glands made her neck double in size. The pain and the abundant sweating made it practically impossible for her to sleep at night.
“I would change my clothes a dozen times a night, and my fever would not go below 38 °C (100.4 °F),” she recounted.
Daniela began a desperate regimen of chemotherapy which was to be followed by radiotherapy, but had to stop after her body refused to cooperate with the grueling treatment. Subsequent tests revealed why. Daniela had contracted tuberculosis.
The body of the sick woman was now saturated with a matrix of chemotherapy drugs and nine antibiotics that she had taken for six weeks to combat tuberculosis. A tomography was scheduled to determine how much damage the tuberculosis had caused to Daniela’s lungs.
Two lives in the balance
Daniela was about to receive the most challenging news of her life.
“During the tomography, I realized that something was not exactly right The machine stopped. Then a pause followed, and then it restarted.”
What Daniela did not know was that the doctor had stopped the machine when he noticed that his patient was not the only one being scanned.
Daniela was pregnant.
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****Also - you will want to read the original interview by Familia Ortodoxă magazine. It includes much of the original Orthodox content that was left out of the LifeSiteNews article.