The hip pain started after Chiara completed her first month of pregnancy. An old workout injury was blamed and Chiara was sent for physical therapy and then to a chiropractor. By April,
Chiara was having back spasms that dropped her to her hands and knees, she said.
So Chiara was sent to a pain specialist.
"I did steroid injections in the lumbar area," she said. "It took away those horrible back spasms, so I got some relief from that."
But then around Mother's Day, Chiara's legs became so weak, she struggled to climb stairs, so she stopped climbing them. She also stopped driving, for fear she'd lose ability behind the wheel. She finally had an MRI.
The cancer had returned. It was in her spine and liver.
And Chiara had six weeks left of her pregnancy.