While we continue to break fresh ground when it comes to finding a cancer cure, physicians and professionals alike are still stumped by many types of the disease.
Unfortunately, none of them are secure from this scourge. There are things we can do—or not do—to reduce the likelihood of having it, but the sad reality is that even innocent children can be victims.
This little princess is getting her port out next Friday! She has been having a great time and enjoying her summer….
Of course, there is always hope even in the middle of desperation, and tales of cancer survivors who beat dramatic odds inspire all of us. One such survivor is McKenna Shea Xydias.
The 2-year-old, according to PEOPLE, succeeded in defying a rare form of ovarian cancer. Now she’s being commended for her courage.
Doctors found that McKenna was suffering from an unusual form of ovarian cancer after they initially struggled to diagnose her. Her pediatrist confused the symptoms in the first example, believing that they were linked to digestive issues or trapped gas.
“We took her to the doctor. At that point they thought it was gas, so they told us to give her gas drops and let them know if she got any more fevers,” dad Mike told “Good Morning America.”
When the girl’s health continued to decline and she had fever-like symptoms, medication was provided to her parents to calm the fever and rid the gas.
However, when the issues persisted, physicians decided to conduct more thorough testing. It was eventually an ultrasound that identified a series of masses inside her body.
They discovered several tumors in little McKenna, including one in her liver and another in her right ovary. They were malignant and had to be removed rapidly and completely.
During surgery, doctors removed one ovary and portion of her small intestine before putting McKenna through four rounds of chemotherapy. Her family set up a Facebook page so family and friends could follow her progress.
Unbelievably, the tremendous work of the doctors paid off. McKenna responded well to the treatment: her cancer disappeared!
So this courageous 2-year-old was able to ‘ring the bell’ to show that she had beaten cancer.
We send to little McKenna and her family all our prayers and good wishes! What an unbelievably inspirational girl!
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