Honored Kid

Hadley D.

Age 8
Hadley D. Kid Photo

Location

Fort Worth , TX, US

Diagnosis

Hepatoblastoma

Date of Diagnosis

February 2015

Status

In treatment

Treated At

Children's Medical Center Dallas

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My Story

Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. February 3, 2015 we heard the words no parent ever wants to hear about their child, “It’s not good, it’s cancer”.  Never have I ever imagined this would happen to her. Hadley was diagnosed with Stage IV Hepatoblastoma, liver cancer which had spread to her lungs. She started chemo right away and lost her hair in a few short weeks. She spent 37 days in a hospital bed fighting for her life. They told us that she might need a liver transplant because the cancer was in the main vein of Hadley’s liver. She did two rounds of a trial chemo and her tumor did not respond how they wanted it to but once she started the standard chemo treatment her tumor started to respond and shrink and most of her lung nodules disappeared. Her medical staff said that they were able to save her liver and remove the mass after completing 4 rounds of the standard protocol chemotherapy. The tumor on her liver shrunk over 75% by the time they did the surgery to remove the mass. During her surgery her surgeon successfully removed 50% of Hadley’s liver but the vein the cancer was in caused some trouble. The cancer was completely compacted in her main liver vein and he was unable to remove it so he removed her right jugular vein, the only vein that is around the same width as the compacted vein, and grafted it to the section of the vein that he removed. She did wonderfully through the surgery and during her recovery.  On 8-13-15, a day before she turned 3, we got the wonderful news that she is in remission! Sadly, Hadley's cancer relapsed in her right lung and she had to undergo a very harsh chemotherapy. She had surgery to remove a small nodule that appeared in May 2016 and started ICE chemotherapy soon afterward. Hadley's body could only tolerate 3 rounds of this chemo and she stopped treatment the end of August 2016 and is considered a "watch and see" patient. Her strength through all of this amazes me. She is our little warrior princess and we hope God continues to heal her!!

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