Cancer survivor thankful for chance to have children

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WKRN) – This and every Mother’s Day, Kim Engelhardt has a lot to be thankful for.

Her life is anything but quiet but there was a time she thought she’d never be celebrating a Mother’s Day of her own.

At 24, Engelhardt was diagnosed with bone cancer. The future of her having a family was looking very bleak, so she broke up with the man she had recently started dating.

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Kim Engelhardt (Photo: WKRN)

“I didn’t want him to be stuck with me and the life that I thought I was going to have,” said Engelhardt. “I thought I was going to have to have my leg amputated, and I thought I was going to have to have chemotherapy. Sometimes chemotherapy leaves you where you can’t have children of your own. So I didn’t want that for him.”

But doctors found a matching bone donor. They were able to splice it into the areas where they cut out her tumor, saving her leg and her future.

So that man she tried to break up with is now her husband Brian.

“I’m glad because now I have three wonderful children and a wonderful life with him,” explained Engelhardt.

Between chasing her kids and running marathons, she tries to take a moment to realize how lucky she is.

“I often am guilty of not appreciating the moment and taking for granted that I was given these three healthy beautiful boys,” says Engelhardt. “Now looking at them, I cannot imagine my life without them.”

This Mother’s Day, Engelhardt thanks the selfless gift a donor gave her allowing her to fulfill her dream of being a mom.

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