After a visit to Greenville Memorial Hospital ER on June 1, 2017, for fevers, abdominal distention, and her daddy’s gut feeling that something just wasn’t right, she was hospitalized for a large tumor in her abdomen. Further scans and surgical biopsy confirmed that she had stage 3 neuroblastoma: the mass in her abdomen was so large it was squishing her right kidney, laying beside her spinal cord, and wrapped around her aorta. The good news was, scans also showed that there was only the one tumor and that it was not penetrating into her spinal cord.
Flash describes it this way: “My bunnit [bellybutton] stick out.”
Flash is facing at least 18 months of treatment. She has been so brave so far! She is proud of the “haircut” we gave her after her first round of chemo. She always tries to cooperate with the nurses and doctors, even if she is crying with fear at the same time. She has finished 4 rounds of chemotherapy so far, and her abdomen is noticeably smaller. Flash has 1 more round of chemotherapy in Greenville, SC, to go; surgery to remove the tumor (if the chemo shrinks it enough to safely remove it); a 5-week hospitalization at MUSC in Charleston for one more big-guns round of chemo followed by stem cell transplant; then radiation to her abdomen; and finally antibody therapy.
Flash, her 9-year-old brother, and her parents are so thankful for the outpouring of support from family, friends, and even strangers! GHS Children’s Hospital, Bi-Lo Charities Children’s Cancer Center, MUSC, Children’s Security Blanket, and Clement’s Kindness have all provided excellent care and support. However, the “new normal” of living with cancer takes its toll, and leaving this precious child to go to work is difficult. If she’s having a good day, you hate to miss it! If she’s having a bad day, you want to be right there with her to help her feel better!
Your support will help her family stay right by her side throughout her battle with cancer. A portion of funds raised for Flash will also be donated to childhood cancer research and to local organizations that support children with cancer and their families. Childhood cancer research is underfunded, and there are still some types of childhood cancer that currently have NO HOPE OF CURE.
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