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NW Iowa mother & son battle cancer together

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IDA GROVE, Iowa (KTIV) -

Cancer can be a very scary thing, whether it's you or a loved one battling the disease; but, imagine if it happened to two members of the same family, at the same time.

"I was diagnosed in 2007 with granulosus cell tumor, which is a rare cancer of the ovary," said Stacy Krayenhagen from Ida Grove, Iowa.

After Stacy Krayenhagen had an ovary removed, doctors gave her the all-clear; but, in 2009, the cancer came back.

"I had surgery and six rounds of chemo," said Stacy.

Which seemed to help, until two years later when Stacy had her second reoccurrence.

"I can only have so many surgeries before we are out of that option," said Stacy. "So once it gets to when I'm feeling really crummy, then we will do the surgery and chemo again."

In February of this year, Stacy put her own priorities aside when her 28-year-old son was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

"At the time, I was praying for a miracle for myself and it was very easy to switch, you know asking that miracle for Ryan. So, it was tough," said Stacy.

"I've never been sick. Like, I've never missed days of work for anything," said Ryan Krayenhagen. "So, I just figured when it happened that it was something."

A few weeks after diagnosis, Ryan Krayenhagen began chemo.

"When you're sitting there getting it done, it doesn't feel like anything really until afterwards, like a few days later I'm really tired and I have a bad taste in my mouth," said Ryan. "And it feels like anything I do, I just get wiped out."

Soon after starting chemo, Ryan had to quit his job of 11 years.

"My boss, she's actually like my second mom so it was really hard to tell her that, but she was more worried about what was going on with me than anything else," said Ryan.

On August 5th, Ryan goes through his last round of chemo. His family's hoping that they'll hear good news that his cancer is gone. If not, Ryan will begin radiation treatments.

Stacy and Ryan said having cancer can be scary; but this mother and son team said they're staying strong through it all.

"We try to laugh a lot," said Stacy. "I always tell him that it's an adventure, we have to make it an adventure!"

The city of Ida Grove, Iowa is also coming together to show their support for the family. On June 14th, the community is hosting a fundraiser for Ryan. For more information on the benefit, click on the links inside this story.

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