More Than Just A Bald Head: Taking Back Cheyenne’s Childhood

by Amy Dyess
March 24, 2017

Between holidays spent in the hospital and too many missed days of school, 2016 Ambassador Cheyenne’s childhood doesn’t look the same as other kids her age. Read on to hear how her mom, Amy, is fighting to take Cheyenne’s childhood back from cancer.

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Cheyenne and her little brother, Tristen, spending time together during Cheyenne’s treatment.

We’ve all seen them — the sappy commercials with cute bald kids, or the heartbreaking photos on our social media feeds depicting children in the midst of horrible cancer treatments.

But what are those kids going through after those photos are taken? What are the other tolls cancer takes?

Our 12-year-old daughter Cheyenne has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment every day for the past two years, and she still has five more months of treatment to go.

There are so many more impacts of cancer and the treatment than just being bald.

Cancer has deprived our girl of so many things in the past two years — missed holidays due to lengthy hospital stays, missed birthday parties, and a lot of missed days of school.

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One year, we were in the hospital during Easter. Thankfully, the Easter bunny still visited, and Cheyenne’s nurses even brought her special treats and hid them throughout her room.

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Cheyenne is visited by the Easter Bunny during a hospital stay.

Cheyenne was also in the hospital on the Fourth of July, so we set up a FaceTime call so she could still see the fireworks.

Just this past Halloween, Cheyenne was in isolation at the hospital, meaning she was not allowed to leave her room. We brought her costume to the hospital so she could still dress up. Her friend Carter, who is a cancer survivor, took an extra bag when he went trick or treating and filled it up for Cheyenne so she wouldn’t miss out on getting candy.

Even though cancer has deprived Cheyenne of so many typical childhood experiences, we’ve worked hard to still make great memories in the midst of her struggles.

No child should have to give up these moments, these memories.

No child should have to be more familiar with hospital protocols than what they should be learning in school.

With all the promising childhood cancer research the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is funding, I am confident that together, we can take childhood back from cancer.

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