Please know that in no way is this post meant to take away from St. Gianna Molla - I just think there is a great deal of confusion and actually, I have become confused regarding her life.
There is no doubt in my mind that St. Gianna lead a very Christian life, one that I am amazed occured within the past 50 years. I don’t know of anyone I’ve ever heard of in today’s world saying things - especially to her husband that she did - her husband was truly devout too, to have desired to have a life with her when she wrote to him ":“With God’s help and blessing, we will do all we can to make our new family a little cenacle where Jesus will reign over all our affections, desires and actions. … We will be working with God in His creation; in this way we can give Him children who will love Him and serve Him”.
Now to go on about the part on which I am confused - I have heard numerous people mention that she had cancer and that she died from not getting cancer treatment because she was afraid of hurting her 2 month old pregnancy which was to be her 4th child/pregnancy (6th if you count the miscarriages). I have read quite a bit about her and see this come up quite often, but less often is what I believe to be what really happened. I believe that she was two months pregnant and found that she had a fibroma - a type of tumor that was attached to her uterus. She had already had two miscarriages prior to this pregnancy - I wouldn’t be suprized if the fibroma had helped the miscarriages occur. There was a surgery which she could have in the 60’s to help remove the tumor- which would help her and the fetus/child she carried at the time. It was risky at the time (now if the tumor is small enough they can do this laproscopically, sometimes) - she had the surgery, and the tumor was succesfully taken out. When the tumor was taken out, it’s pathology was tested and it was shown to be Benign - in other words, it was NOT cancerous. Her pregnancy continued fairly normally for the next 7 months - during this time she took care of her other three children and took care of her patients as she was a doctor. A few days prior to delivering, she found she had an infection. Before delivering the child, she told her husband that she wanted the child to be saved if there was a choice between her life and the the life of her child. The child was delivered safely and no such choice had to be made, but unfortunately by this time, the infection had turned septic. About a week later she died saying “I love you Jesus” multiple times. It was a fairly painful death, apparently. There are sources such as the Priests for Life source which says she had cancer and didn’t have a treatment because she feared for the pregnancy- but in the source that I believe the most accurate, it was specified that the removed tumor was NOT malignant- and that she did NOT die of cancer rather of the infection in her uterus. The site that I got that information from is the Vatican web site :vatican.va/news_services/…-molla_en.html
I’m confused at why there are 2 such different stories. I’m wondering if because there was a possibility that the fibroma was cancerous (which they found it was not) that some didn’t realize that it was not cancerous. I’m not trying to imply in any way that this lessens her sanctity - on the contrary, I believe she was already on her way to Sainthood just by her life. Even though it was a different time, it was still a time where many women might have had the children and continued to work - I did read that she had decided that after this child she would stop practicing and stay home as a mother. She’s a great example for both types of women today, those that have families and decide to continue with their careers and for those that have families and decide they want to stay home with them. I’m that many believeread quite a bit about St. Gianna Molla but I Never read that she had cancer. I have had a few people mention this to me, can you please tell me where you got this information? This is what I have read happenned: Please correct me if someone can show some information to the contrary. Perhaps some people think that the tumor she had was malignant - everything I’ve read said it was benign - meaning NOT cancerous. I’m not asking this to be mean or anything, just it seems that many seem to believe the same as this poster, that St. Gianna had cancer and refused treatment and that’s why she died. I can’t find anything saying she had cancer - this in no way means that I don’t believe she was a wonderful Christ like example. This is what I’ve read happened - again, please correct me if I"m incorrect. I assume the Vatican is correct about this - if someone knows differently, please let me know.