Lakeville mom fighting cancer and COVID-19
A Lakeville mother with stage 4 cancer is now also battling COVID-19. She's in quarantine, away from her family and alone but has found a way to connect with and inspire others.
Forty-one-year-old Stephanie Mullery is still fighting for her life.
"I've had many, many wicked evenings, fighting through the night, but I’m still here," she said.
The Lakeville mom said her doctors diagnosed her with a presumptive case of novel coronavirus a few weeks ago.
"I feel very strongly that my purpose is in full force, especially today, on my birthday," Mullery said.
On top of COVID-19, Mullery also has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.
She's beaten cancer before. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS met Mullery in 2016 when we reported on what she and her medical team called her "miracle baby."
"It was the hardest time of my entire life," Mullery said in 2016.
Now, she's in a fight for her life, again, facing both cancer and COVID-19.
Mullery said she wants to live for her children. The only way she is able to connect with them right now is virtually because she's quarantined.
"It's a mental war," Mullery said.
Recently, Mullery said she had to call the paramedics to come where she's quarantined. She said they told her it was best, given she had cancer and the coronavirus, to quarantine and monitor her symptoms at home.
From home, she's documenting her journey in a video she posted online. Mullery is hoping her story will inspire others.
On Friday, which is her birthday, Mullery said her birthday wish is for people to hear her message to never ever give up.