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Jamie Isenstein and her husband Paul are counting their blessings this Thanksgiving holiday.

In July they welcomed their first child Raizel.

"She's healthy, she's starting to grab things, she's smiling a lot, she likes the camera," says father Paul Hogan.

But two months into her pregnancy the couple got devastating news, Jamie had breast cancer.

"I was a basket case pretty much the whole time. It was nervewracking; I was really nervous."

"It feels like the worst news you could possibly get," says Paul.

They had a difficult choice to make.

Surgery and chemotherapy right away which would increase Jamie's chances of survival but she would lose her baby. Or she could wait until her second trimester when it would be safer for her baby.

"We decided to go for it and I didn't feel like I really had an option."

Breast cancer occurs about once in every 3,000 pregnancies and studies show chemotherapy can be a safe and effective treatment.

But Beth Israel's Dr. Alyssa Gillego says there are no guarantees.

"The patient who gets chemotherapy during pregnancy is a high risk patient and she has the be monitored very closely, the baby has to be monitored very closely."

Jamie not only worried how the toxic drugs could hurt her baby, she also worried she wouldn't be around to see her daughter grow up.

"What if the chemotherapy didn't work and then I had a brand new baby and then I die? I was scared that that would happen."

After a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation - Jamie is now cancer free.

And her little girl is perfectly healthy.

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