At the age of 38, Michelle Velez, a Las Vegas news anchor and married mother of two, developed a rare form of cancer caused by her third pregnancy. The pregnancy, which was not viable, was diagnosed as an "invasive molar pregnancy." The condition occurs when invasive placental tissue multiplies and fills the uterus. In Michelle's case, the tissue developed into cancer and metastasized. She was diagnosed as stage 4 and immediately had to start an aggressive chemotherapy treatment.
Michelle underwent 16 weeks of chemotherapy and documented every moment on her social media platforms. Eight months after her diagnosis, she was declared cancer free. She never returned back to work, and now stays home to raise her two young children.
Michelle is very candid about her cancer journey, and uses social media to give the world a glimpse into the reality of life with cancer. Michelle says although she'll never fully understand why this happened to her, she believes sharing her journey and educating people about her very rare condition is her purpose for surviving.
April 21st 2022
I can’t plan anything without planning time to rest. I literally have to schedule my whole day around when I can lie down to nap.
February 28th 2022
When I was diagnosed with cancer, I thought of only two things: my loved ones and how much time I had left with them.
January 20th 2022
When trying to relate to a cancer survivor, do not tell them how someone else died of the disease, writes Michelle Velez.
September 27th 2021
Chemotherapy-related fatigue is a real and often debilitating side effect from cancer treatment.
September 20th 2021
People without cancer may not understand the guilt survivors feel when their disease improves and others take a turn for the worse.