Alexia's Medical Fund
Two years ago my beautiful daughter Alexia Nicole's life was turned upside down. A regular trip to the doctor's office turned out to be life changing day for her and our family. She had been complaining about pain in her knee for a while and being she was only 13 everyone ruled it out as "growing pains." Luckily a very good family doctor decided to take a better look and to our horror we found out she had a tumor in her knee that was so large it was already eating out the lining of her knee cap. We were told that given the size it could be cancerous and there was a possibility she may loose her leg. Now being the football lover she is, it tore my heart to pieces to think that she may have to give up the sport she so loved. With the help of her doctors, family and friends, we were able to rush her to Merida to see an Oncologist that came highly recommended and who had treated another little girl from Belize. Thankfully when we saw him he was happy to report he wont be her doctor because it didn't seem cancerous to him and he recommend we see a Dr. Lopez, a bone specialist. Dr. Lopez ran a series of long and stressful tests on her and diagnosed her with GCT...Giant Cell Tumor. He had done several of these types of tumor removals before and assured us that Alexia will not be loosing her leg. This was a huge relief. He did a biopsy and 3 days later we found out it was benign. He did the surgery, removed the tumor and replaced the area with Bone Cement. He asked to see her every 6 months for the next 7 years. We have been doing the visits as scheduled and everything was going fine until a few weeks ago. A CT Scan was done her knee again just as a followup and we found another GCT growing next to where the first one was. Once again the scare shook our family and Alexia's life. We quickly took her back to her specialist in Merida, who confirmed it was a tumor and surgery was necessary. Two days after arriving in Merida my baby girl was back under the knife. Everything went well, she spent a few days for observation and recovery before taking the 9 hour journey back home. It's been 17 days after her surgery and she is healing well. She has a scheduled visit back to Merida in a month. This brings me to the purpose of this page. As you can imagine being hit with two major surgeries in two years plus various trips back to the doctor has been an unexpected expense for my family and I. ln total we have spent close to $25,000 USD for Alexia's medical bills and this has put a toll on us. In addition to what we've spent we still have the next 6 years of back and forth to Merida to ensure that Alexia remains tumor free. We are thankful for all the support and prayers we have gotten so far and ask that you donate or share this page to help us defray some of the medical expenses. Alexia is a loving, caring girl who simply wants to be able to continue living a normal healthy active life. Please help us to continue making this fa reality for her.+ Read More
Hi everyone...just a quick update. We got back from Merida this pst weekend for Alexia’s follow up visit after surgery and the doctor says that the CT shows they got all the tumor and the bone cement they put to replace the knee has set nicely. Her wound healed really well. She needs to start therapy and we return in November for her next check up. He did say that he now needs to see her every six months instead of every year just to be on the safe side. I’d like to thank everyone for their support on the GoFundMe account and locally so far and especially for all the prayers and well wishes. It means a lot to us.
Hi Everyone...just a quick update. Alexia went back to school last week and while she was happy to return she did have some pain from going up and down the stairs. With some rest she was fine. Still doing her therapy and her wound is healing nicely. Thanks for the prayers and continued support. Please keep sharing the page. More updates to come. ❤️