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#KenniStrong

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Raised by 819 people in 2 months
Created February 15, 2019
McKenna Shea is a rambunctious two year old who has never let anything stop her, and never will! On February 15th, after a whirlwind of 24 hours, Kenni's parents, Meagan and Mike, were given the news that she has a form of ovarian cancer. This news came with the knowledge of a very large tumor (14 cm) and some smaller ones in her abdomen. On Monday, 2/18/19, Kenni underwent surgery for the 1st time. The amazing doctors were about to remove 90% of the main tumor as well as a couple other cancerous implants. They were able to keep one ovary but had to take 5 inches of her small intestine. The hope is anything remaining will be knocked out by chemotherapy. A week later, Kenni was official diagnosed with Stage 3 Yolk Sac Ovarian Cancer. She started chemotherapy on Wednesday, 2/27/19. Meagan and Mike are both educators who just recently started new jobs in different counties in Georgia, bought a house, and moved. Kenni also has two amazing older brothers (ages 4 and 6) which makes this family of five a little tight on finances. Meagan is my best friend, and so Kenni is one of my children at heart. I hope that raising this money will help to ease their worries as they will be taking time off and be without income.  Anything will help, including prayers. God has this all planned out, let's do our part. This is the ONLY financial assistance account for the Xydias family. Join us on their official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fightwithkenni/
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We tend to stay pretty busy around here. I think it's part of the reason we haven't fallen off the deep end in regards to Kenni's diagnosis. (That and you wonderful people help keep our spirits up!)

Anyway, today was a typical busy day. Family that was visiting left this morning, a few hours later, CBS came over to interview us for a piece they'll be airing in May, followed by some fun chill time with friends. While cancer is definitely engrained in our lives now, it's heartwarming to know that we're still living our lives more or less as we would be (ie: more time worrying about doctor visits, pokes, treatments, etc., less worrying about lesson plans and grading). This afternoon was a typical "go to a friend's house and hang out " kind of day. As I mentioned, we're always busy. Today, we got to spend time with many of the kids (and parents) who have been a part of our lives since before the kids were born. Oddly enough, it didn't occur to me until recently that they're all having to go through this too. These kids (ages 2 - 6) will all know what cancer is and how it can affect someone. Hopefully, this means they won't be afraid when they see a bald kid at school. That they'll reach out and be a friend to another kid in need some day. Maybe, some good can come from this cr*ppy situation. Either way, seeing Kenni run around with her friends and brothers, without a care in the world.... well, that's something I am just extremely thankful for.

In other news, K's labs came back. Her AFP as of 3/28 was in the 400s (there are no thousands in that number! It's just 3 digits!!!)! This was after round 2 of chemo. We are so excited for this news! Kenni is a for real warrior princess if you ask me! Also, the labs from this week seemed to show that her levels are better, and the platelet and blood transfusions worked (that's if Michael and I are reading the report appropriately we haven't gotten a call to go back to the hospital so that's a good sign ).

As always, thank you for everything you do. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Thank you for your love and generosity. Thank you for helping us and Kenni get through this, day by day.

#kennistrong #fightlikeagirl #unicornsbeatcancer #tinytealsister #cancersucks
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Hope everyone's had a great weekend! Our weekend has been filled with family, friends, and lazying about while the kids played. It's been wonderful! I'm sorry there haven't been any posts this weekend, but I think it can be just as therapeutic to sit back and enjoy the scenery. I find myself truly appreciating these moments together and just soaking up all the smiles and laughter I can. If we've learned anything during this journey, it's to be thankful for every day and to enjoy all that life has given us.

Kenni finished her 2nd round of chemo like the amazing unicorn she is. We haven't had any additional side effects, though if it's anything like last time, we'll see more side effects in a few days. I did manage to give Kenni her post-chemo shot without relying on our nurse friend - pretty proud of myself for that one, not going to lie . Kenni continues to be full of spunk and spice and everything goofy. It's amazing to see her continue to grow and develop through these crazy times. Just goes to show you how amazing and resilient kids are.

As her parents, we have found that the best way for us to get through this cancer cr*p is to focus on small goals individually while keeping the big goal in mind. Obviously, big goal is to be cancer free and have Kenni back to her normal life. However, there's so much that has to happen to get there. In the past, our goals were: get to surgery, get out of picu, recover from surgery, start chemo, get through round 1. The goals on the off weeks are more of get through the days without getting a fever, bowel movements, fluid intake, make it through a lab visit with as few pokes as possible.so these will be the goals for the next 2 weeks. Wash, rinse, repeat. Lol.

This week, we are also preparing for our oldest to have his 6th birthday party. His birthday isn't for another couple weeks, but we'll be in the middle of chemo during that time and we want to do our best to give him a birthday that's all about him. The boys have done a wonderful job being helpful and understanding as we all take on Kenni's battle with cancer. However, they need some special attention too. Therefore, this week, I'll be preparing for a Wonder Woman birthday party for my son and will be sure to do everything I can to show him some special love and attention.

We are excited to be getting ready for our big fundraiser at Tubby Tom's on 4/20. We hope to see and meet a lot of you there! There was a big fundraiser for us and another family held by my husband's school this weekend. It was so great to see all the love and support from the community!

Thank you all for your love, support, and prayers. Thank you for the donations and thank you for the meals (the Wiggins family brought a meal tonight and we're sorry we weren't here! Thank you for bringing it by! Tell your daughter to go say hi to Michael on the 8th grade hall so he can say thank you!). We continue to feel all your love and prayers and just want you to know that we truly appreciate you.

Enjoy some adorable pics of Kenni being her goofy, beautiful self this weekend.



#kennistrong #fightlikeagirl #unicornsbeatcancer #tinytealsister #cancersucks
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It's the day before round 2 of chemo. Kenni had her head shaved today after helping to shave Daddy's head. She did amazingly well. She handled it like a pro, laughing and smiling through almost all of it. Of course the prep that our hair dresser did with her, including seeing/helping do Daddy's hair was extremely helpful, however, everything that sweet woman did was purposeful and helpful. I think Kenni has a new BFF.

As we gear up for another round of chemo, we're trying to prepare ourselves for things to get a little more difficult. We've seen more effects of the chemo the past week, so we want to be as prepared as possible mentally for what may come. That, and we are going to be sure to arrive at the hospital with plenty of coloring books and play dough to pass the time.

We want to thank you all for your continued prayers, donations, and love. It all really helps us get through this in one piece, so thank you. Your kindness never ceases to amaze us. We saw on the gofundme that a student from my school asked for donations for Kenni instead of gifts for his birthday. Another young gentlemen in our sons' baseball league started selling paper airplanes to raise money for Kenni. (Our teams are playing against each other tomorrow; hopefully we can get a pic together!). It's amazing to receive such amazing love and support from other adults (parents, survivors, strangers who are touched by Kenni's story), but to see all that these kids have done out of the kindness of their hearts..., well, all I can say is that you (parents) are doing an amazing job. We are all blessed to live in a world with your amazing children in it. Thank you all from the bottoms of our hearts.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we go through round 2 this week. Additionally, please continue to pray for Addi to continue to improve and make a full recovery.

Much love,

PS. Sorry for the large quantity of pictures. We had a lot to document, and I can't help but share my beautiful, bald baby's adorable picture.

#kennistrong #fightlikeagirl #unicornsbeatcancer #tinytealsister #cancersucks
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Well, we got labs back today and Kenni is doing great! Her AFP is down from 28k from before chemo (160k before the surgery) to 13k last week! (For something to measure against, someone without yolk sac cancer would have an AFP no higher than 11. Not 11,000, 11). Her blood counts are good, other numbers are good. It's all good! Moving in the right direction! Thank you, Lord!

I have noticed another side effect. Kenni seems to be getting body aches and pains. I noticed she will randomly cry and say "ow" throughout the day, asking me to kiss boo-boos that aren't there. Took me a minute, but after reviewing the likely side effects of the meds, I'm now certain that's what's going on. It's both a blessing and a curse that she's going through this at such a young age. While on the one hand it can be difficult for us to identify side effects because Kenni can't tell us when something is wrong, on the other hand, as soon as the pain is gone, she is able to move on, continue playing, and enjoy herself. There's no lingering on the possibility of more pain, which is nice.

Other than that, she ate and drank great today. Still picky as ever (so still taking her anti-nausea meds) but generally I can find something for her to eat throughout the day.

We are so beyond thankful for the prayers, love, and support. When I say we really feel every bit of it, I mean it. You continue to lift us and lift Kenni up, and it's making a difference! Thank you so much for your continued time, thoughts, prayers, donations, and love. Someone mentioned that cancer can be both a blessing and a curse. I can certainly see how this statement could be correct. Of course I would never wish this disease on anyone (especially not my own baby), but we have been completely awestruck by the power of prayer and the inherent good in people thanks to all of you. So thank you, from the bottoms of our hearts

PS. Have you seen the update on Addi's Journey?! She's doing great and is out of ICU after 17 days!!! God is doing some amazing work, keep the prayers coming!

#kennistrong #fightlikeagirl #unicornsbeatcancer #tinytealsister #cancersucks
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