Dabney Hedegard is a writer, speaker and professional patient. At 25 years old, a football-sized-tumor entangled vital organs in Dabney's chest, alerting doctors to the cancer attacking her body. But the greater fear stealing their focus grew inches below the mass: a six-week-old baby. The disease and the decision to keep her child marked the beginning of her battles with nine life-threatening illnesses, and four near-death experiences.
Dabney graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a BA in Theater. In addition to writing for The Good News newspaper, Dabney speaks at local churches, MOPS groups, women's conferences and crisis pregnancy centers. Her and her husband, Jason, live in South Florida with their four children. The Hedegards attend Calvary Church in Jupiter. Dabney enjoys interacting with readers on her website, www.dabneyland.com.
When Dabney Hedegard was six weeks pregnant, doctors discovered an eight-inch tumor embedded in her chest. She was diagnosed with cancer and opted to postpone treatment until further along in her pregnancy. This marked the beginning of a 10-year battle against cancer, cardiomyopathy, mitral valve prolapse, pulmonary embolism, acute pneumonia, kidney failure, respiratory failure, and heart failure.