Mom with rare cancer in hospital during her baby's first Christmas

By Nicole Snyder - Reporter, Jason Mealey - Producer/assignment editor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One local mother is unable to spend time with her son on his first Christmas. Andrea Shaw has been battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer that has kept in her the hospital for weeks this year, and now on Christmas.

Shaw, 29,  has been going through treatment for two weeks at the Mayo Clinic. Family and friends are able to visit her while she goes through chemotherapy, but the one person she wants to see the most isn’t able to be by her side.

Baby’s first Christmas is a milestone new parents look forward to spending with their child.

This year the family picture by the tree is incomplete for the Shaw family.

“I remember when they broke the news to us, her paternal doctor. It just devastated us. It was just out of nowhere,” Noah Shaw said.

Andrea Shaw was pregnant when she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in November 2014.

“First we found out that she was pregnant and we were having a baby and then we found out it was a boy. So of course I was a little more excited to have a little boy,” Noah Shaw said.

Andrea Shaw was in her third trimester when she started chemo, in a form that wouldn’t hurt the baby.

“Everything is going great. Life is great one minute, and then it’s like I don’t know if I’m going to lose my wife or my child, both. You know it’s been a really tough year,” Noah Shaw said.

Jaiden Shaw was born healthy in February and Andrea Shaw went through radiation after birth. In April she was free of cancer, but this August it came back again.

“She knew she wasn’t going to be able to make it for his first Christmas. So you know, we just try to support her as much as we can. Family, friends, everyone has really contributed,” Noah Shaw said.

Andrea Shaw had to open her presents from a hospital bed on Christmas morning with gloves on while she undergoes another series of chemotherapy.

Even though Noah Shaw was able to bring holiday joy to his wife’s side, their 10-month-old isn’t allowed in her room because of his age.

“She stays in really good spirits and she stays positive and with all the prayers and everything we’ve been receiving through our family, she’s going to get through it, she’s going to be ok,” Noah Shaw said

Andrea Shaw hasn’t been able to see her son for the last two weeks and will have to go another two without holding him, but everyone is hoping the end of this year will bring an end to the cancer.

“She’s a really strong amazing woman and hopefully this time it’s going to be gone for good,” Noah Shaw said.

Noah Shaw says the next couple of days will be the most intense days of chemo for his wife and if all goes as planned, she should be out of the hospital in the next two weeks. 


Copyright 2015 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.