On June 27, 2018 Chelsey went to her pediatrician for her 12 year old checkup. During her examination the doctor felt something in Chelsey’s stomach that didn’t look or feel right and ordered a sonogram. The next day the sonogram and x-ray showed a large mass in her stomach and the pediatrician told her mom and dad to take Chelsey to Children’s Medical Center Dallas immediately. After a CAT scan and a lot of blood work the examining doctor thought it could be Dysgerminoma.
Two days later on June 29th, her mom and dad received news no parent wants to receive. The diagnosis was in fact Dysgerminoma. Dysgerminoma is a type of germ cell tumor that occurs in the ovary and Chelsey’s was malignant.
On Thursday July 5th, just 2 days before Chelsey’s 12th birthday, a large team of doctors spent 4 hours removing her right ovary and the 5 pound tumor that was also attached to other organs. Chelsey had to spend 5 nights at Children’s Hospital before she was discharged.
On July 12th pathology confirmed that it was stage 3 Dysgerminoma and it had also spread to Chelsey’s lymph nodes.
Chelsey was admitted back to Children’s Hospital on July 19th, had a port put in and then she started her chemo treatments. She spent 6 days in the hospital receiving 11 chemo treatments in total, plus one more treatment the following Thursday.
For the next couple of months Chelsey will be going back to the hospital every 2 weeks and stay 6 days while receiving the 11 treatments, plus 1 treatment every Thursday.
Anyone who has received chemo treatments or who knows someone who has or is going through chemo knows how heartbreaking and devastating it is. Chelsey has shown such maturity and is handling this process in such a brave way. She is strong willed and will get through this, kicking cancer’s butt along the way. Any money raised will go to help her mom and dad with all the medical bills as well as help paying for medication Chelsey will have to take down the road. Any donation will be greatly appreciated and will mean more than you know!
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