Life is good, it's summer break, it's over 100 degrees outside (yay for living in Phoenix during summer months!), kids are bouncing off the walls, brothers and sisters start to bug each other since we are locked inside air conditioning... it feels like just another summer slipping by. Then life take a sharp turn...
What seemed like some growing pains or just a "dancing" accident kept on. After trying some ibuprofen and physical therapy to work it out, it was decided to go ahead and get an MRI to see what was going on. Then on July 2nd, the Cameron family got the news that Elizabeth's mass on her hip was malignant. (Did I say "sharp turn"?) After a long weekend of waiting to hear more details (offices closed due to the holiday weekend)... on Tuesday, July 7th "it" was given a name - ewing sarcoma.
Elizabeth amazes me - she has been in so much pain through this - poked, prodded, scanned and so much more - but she still finds the strength to smile and make jokes. They have an AMAZING family support system, and a very tight community around them... it's time to lock arms and lift this family up!
Treatment is starting immediately and will last for approximately one year - they are attacking with chemo and hoping to not have to do surgery. The medications alone that Elizabeth will have to take after chemo are going to be very expensive. We are starting this page to help support this amazing family on this journey. The last thing they need to be worrying about right now is money... that's where you and I come in. If a lot of us can pitch in a little, we can make a big difference in this family's life. Please consider donating to help support the Cameron family... and thank you for helping to spread the word to also pray for Craig, Veronica, Elizabeth and Diego.
-Holly Warnol (friends of the family)
We have not done an update in a while. We usually update Facebook but realize some of you are not on Facebook so we wanted to do a quick update.
Elizabeth is doing really well. She is now 8 months NED (No Evidence of Disease) She's been working hard in school and is the Freshman Class President.
She continues to be involved with organizations that help spread awareness for childhood cancer. Recently she was the in game host for the Phoenix Coyotes. She had a blast and of course everyone fell in love with her.
Last month she was invited by the Fiesta Bowl to ride in the Goodyear Blimp. It was an amazing experience. They flew her to LA and they even got to spend a day at Six Flags!
New Years Even we are invited to the Fiesta Bowl which we are very excited about. They filmed Elizabeth in LA and I believe they will be showing it on the Jumbo Tron at the game.
She's going to start up dance again which she is very excited about. Here is a link to her doing the "One Hip Whip"
We are so blessed this Christmas to have our girl home. Last Christmas was spent in the hospital so this Christmas is extra special.
Unfortunately there are still kids getting diagnosed with this horrible disease and having to spend this Christmas in the hospital. We pray for them every day and we thank you all for your continued prayers. Even though Elizabeth is doing well there are still side effects from her treatment that she must deal with but like she says, It could be worse. Her strength amazes us!
Her last scans we had a little bit of a scare because something lit up on the MRI. Obviously we were nervous but Elizabeth didn't bat an eye. She knew it was nothing and she was right.
We fly to Houston in February for her surgery checkup and scans.
Elizabeth's Birthday is New Years Day! My little girl is going to be 15!
We love all of you and thank you for everything.
First we would like to ask for extra prayers this week as Elizabeth get's her 3 month scans tomorrow. Pray that she remains NED and continues to do well.
Elizabeth has been doing really well. She has finished Physical Therapy and walks with no assistance. She still has a lot of pain especially when she walks a lot. She still gets tired easily but that hasn't stopped her from making a difference.
She has been keeping herself busy with her makeup bags for the girls at the hospital and her positivity pouches.
She's also working with several organizations to help spread awareness. She will be speaking at some events coming up and is also going to be the new spokesperson for Fishing For A Cure, a childhood cancer organization.
She will also be working as an ambassador for a local eyebrow company who provides eyebrow extensions for people in the hospital who have lost theirs.
Fox News 10 did a feature on her recently as well.
Elizabeth continues to work on her singing and will also be doing a modeling segment on Sonoran Living at the end of this month.
To say we are proud is an understatement. This girl is the light of our life and she is touching lives and making a difference everyday. We are so honored that we were chosen to be her parents.
We thank you all again for your love, support and prayers.
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Well it's been a little over 3 months since Elizabeth's surgery in Houston. Today we will be flying back to Houston so she can have complete scans, meet with her Surgeon and the Physical Therapist. She will be getting measured for a shoe lift as her left leg is about 2 inches shorter than her right leg now. She will continue PT for sometime to get stronger and learn to walk again without the need for crutches. Her leg has a lot of nerve sensitivity so she will still use a wheelchair for long distances. We will be flying back from Houston on Thursday. That following Monday she will be admitted to the hospital for her 12th round of chemo. This will be a 6 day stay. After that she will have two more rounds left, a 2 day and a 5 day. We pray for no delays so she can be done with chemo by the end of March. She will then start a new normal. A life without chemo, trips to the hospital and the removal of her port. She will have scans every 3 months to make sure she stays NED. NED will become the most important three letters to hear. NED means No Evidence of Disease. Thank you for your support and prayers and wish her luck this week.
Thank you so much for all the updates. Know that we are praying for you Elizabeth. Love Cathy, Kelsie and Mark
Praying Elizabeth that your body accepts and heals from this. Prayers for you to be able to go home soon. Stay strong. Love, the Neighbors