Maryland moms on surviving cancer: Amy Babst

Amy Babst and her daughter Kira

CancerMomAmyWBy Kristy MacKaben

One Maryland mom was pregnant for the first time. Another had just celebrated her son’s first birthday. Two more were in the throes of mom-hood, taking care of multiple children and working — when cancer struck.

According to the most recent statistics from the American Cancer Society, nearly 412 women out of every 100,000 in Maryland were diagnosed with cancer between 2005 and 2009. Not all of these women were moms but many were.

Over the course of the next few days, we are posting the stories of four incredible women: Amy Babst of Linthicum, Julie Lanahan of Timonium, Suzanne Ludicke of Columbia and Liz Park of Columbia who battled with cancer while raising kids.

At a time when their family needed them, they had to rely on others to keep going. Their ordeals were gut-wrenchingly difficult, but they managed to pull through, keep their families in tact and remain positive. Read on to find out how they did it.