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CdA Woman Faces Cancer, Pregnancy

Reporter David Cole/Coeur d'Alene Press tweets that “Today Show” may be in Coeur d'Alene Thursday to follow up on this story:

It was a beautiful sunny day at Coeur d'Alene Cellars on her wedding day, Sept. 3, 2011, and Linsey Mattison felt oddly uncomfortably in her gown. “My dress was so tight, I felt like I couldn't breathe,” the then 32-year-old lawyer and Coeur d'Alene High School graduate said this week. Other than that, it was one of the best days of her life. She said that incredible discomfort and difficulty breathing that day was likely the first hint something was seriously wrong with her health. She didn't know it at the time, but a cancerous mass was rapidly growing inside her chest and pressing up against her lungs. Days after the wedding, she began having chest pains, which hardly made sense for a fit young woman who exercised regularly and ate healthy/David Cole, CdA Press. More here. (Jerome A. Pollos Coeur d'Alene Press photo: In this Sept. 12 photo, Linsey and Scott Sowinski, pose with with their daughter Lena in Coeur d'Alene)


Rape and pregnancy in Idaho

 In this Aug. 24, 2012, file photo Republican Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talks to the media gathered in Chesterfield, Mo., and told them he will stay in the U.S. Senate race despite the uproar over his remarks about rape and pregnancy.

TWIN FALLS • If a rapist gets his victim pregnant in Idaho, does he have parental rights under Idaho law? What if the rapist was married to his victim? What happens if he hasn’t been convicted of rape?

Under Idaho statute, courts can terminate a rapist’s parental rights, denying the person any legal say or responsibility over the child. But while that provision exists in the code, questions such as burden of proof and child support cloud the issue.

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, forced the issue of pregnancy through rape into the national spotlight with his controversial — and largely rejected — remarks that “legitimate rape”rarely results in pregnancy because the female reproductive system has ways of “shutting all that down.” Full story. Melissa Davlin, Twin Falls Times-News

Thoughts about Idaho's laws?

Kelsey: 4 Food Groups For Pregnancy

Facebook Friend Kelsey Saintz, a reporter for the Shoshone News-Press, has been chronicling her advancing pregnancy in her blog, This Is Not A Fairy Tale. On her Facebook wall this afternoon, she wrote: “A nice grocery store clerk is catching onto my strange pregnancy eating habits. Today she asked, 'Are those your four main food groups' and I said, 'Avocados, milk, sweets and anything microwaveable? Yes. Yes, they are.'”

Question (for the Ladies of HBO): Did you have any unusual food cravings during your pregnancy/pregnancies?

When are you due? Oops!

Lily Neal  stands beside the figure she posed for when she was nine months pregnant. Associated Press photos

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A client came in for tax season. We only see each other once a year. Anyway, in she came for her appointment; I came from around the corner in the office, saw her sitting/waiting, and greeted her with, “Oh! When are you due?” She looks about five to six months pregnant, but ISN’T!!!

We proceeded to discuss drinking enough water, medications, doctor visits, blood tests, etc. But the fact of the matter is she isn’t pregnant. How do I apologize for assuming? Should I apologize?

Has you ever made a blunder like this? What did you do to make amends?

Surprise Pregnancy Led To Parenthood

He was in the kitchen when she said she was pregnant, and wanted to keep the baby. Jessyka Williams, a senior in children and family relations, was 25 years old when she found out she was pregnant. Williams had isited the Student Health Clinic once because she was late. The first test was negative, but the second test, taken a week later, explained why she had been feeling sick. “I was terrified,” Williams said. “I just started bawling.” The walk home brought clarity to her situation. “I wanted to be a parent,” Williams said. “I was walking home, and kind of talking myself into that, I was just in denial.” Williams' boyfriend, Taylor Williams, knew she was pregnant from the look on her face. “He told me he loved me and he would support me in any decision I wanted to make,” Williams said. “I'm really lucky, not all women in my situation have that support”/Sarah Yama, Idaho Argonaut. More here. (AP file illustration)

Question: How has an unintentional pregnancy changed the life of someone close to you?

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