Buddy Check 25: Receiving the most precious gift of all

By WEEK Producer

December 25, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- We first caught up with breast cancer survivor 38-year-old Amy Bjornstad last February as she trained for the Peoria Race for the Cure.

Amy was just 29 when doctor's diagnosed her with stage three invasive ductal carcinoma.

Her son Cooper was just a toddler at the time.

The first question Amy asked her doctor?

"Can we have more children? And basically the surgeon said no...so, we just focused all our energies on getting me healthy so that we could be great parents for the child we did have."

The fear was that hormone levels that occur during pregnancy might stimulate a recurrence of breast cancer.

But, eight years after beating breast cancer, she still couldn't help wonder, what if...

"Those little flutters that only I can feel, you know, which is just one of those things that I always thought I'll never feel that again."

Then, this fall, Amy discovered she was pregnant.

"I just lost it and I said, I really want to be happy, but I just don't know if I can."

Amy and her husband were scared...until they learned about new research presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference in March.

The study of more than 1,000 women found no increased risk of breast cancer recurrence among those who became pregnant compared to those who did not have another child.

That research gave Amy comfort.

It has already been more than eight years since her diagnosis and her medical team says mom and baby are doing great.

"It just feels so perfect and we just feel so lucky for everything we've been through and where it's brought us."

The child she's carrying? It's a girl. And her initial fear, has turned to joy.

Amy's Christmas wish for her daughter: a world without breast cancer.

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