All Childhood Cancers


Rhabdomyocarcoma


Wilms Tumor


Hepatoblastoma


Neuroblastoma


Retinoblastoma



When I was 5 years old I had to face one of the hardest and scariest, challenges in my life. In December of 2006 my mommy and daddy found a big bump on my left lower leg. Ever since they noticed the big bump I had seen a lot of doctors and had a lot of scary tests done to me. After all these scary, long tests mommy and daddy found out what was going on with me. They told me what was wrong and I got very scared. They told me that I have a rare form of cancer called alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. I didn't understand so they explained to me that I have a Pac-man inside my leg that is very hungry and can be very mean so we have to start a long, hard journey to try and get rid of it. I went through a lot of painful and sleepless nights. They give me lots of medicines to try and help me get through all this.

I started up a mean and yucky medicine called chemotherapy to try and get rid of this Pac-man. My mommy and daddy explained to me that these medicines are going to be very scary for me. They are going to make me feel sick to my tummy, make me feel yucky inside, and also take all my hair. I got really sad when I found out about my hair going away. I just didn't want anybody to laugh at me with not having any hair. My mommy and daddy told me over and over not too worry it will grow back, but it will take a while.

I had a long, scary journey ahead of me with chemo, doctor appointments, scans, 44 weeks to be exact. So I took all these yucky medicines, lost my hair, and missed school and friends, but my mommy and daddy kept telling me everyday that I will eventually get better and that is what counts!

Unfortunately in March of 2007, I lost my leg to this cancer spreading throughout my left lower leg in my tibia, and the doctor told my family and I that the best thing to save my life and to hopefully stop the spread of my cancer would be to amputate above my knee. So on March 28, they took my leg. They took 2 inches above my knee. I was so sad to go from 2 legs to now 1 but my mommy and daddy told me that they have these cool things called prosthetics. I really had no idea what those were, so we looked up a lot of different ones. I was very happy to see that they had these legs out there for people that have to go through what I did. It makes a big difference, and has for me since my amputation. I have been through several hips now and since I am still growing I will have many more done for me.

Cancer may have taken a part of my body and have put me through a lot of pain and fear, but I am still here and I am a fighter everyday. I have been cancer free so far for almost 2 years now. I have a 5 year survivor rate, so I am hoping that when I beat this 5 year mark, I can say YES CANCER FEARS ME!!!




















Leukemia


Brain cancers


Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma


Hodgkin's Lymphoma


Ewing's Sarcoma


Osteosarcoma