Honored Kid

Paris S.

Age 11
Paris S. Kid Photo

Location

Yorkville, IL, US

Diagnosis

Neuroblastoma

Date of Diagnosis

December 2007

Status

No evidence of disease

Treated At

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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My Story

Paris is a 7 year old girl who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 9 days old in 2007. Neuroblastoma is a form of childhood cancer that affects approximately 650 children per year and of that approximately 50 children under the age of 1 per year. The cells affected are in the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The cells affected control thinking, sensation and movement. Beginning at 10 days Paris has undergone several surgeries as well as chemotherapy, radiation, antibody and clinical trials. She has had a total of 4 relapses from 2007-2009. In September of 2009 Paris' scans indicated "stable" where there were areas in question however did not change in dimensions. Paris was required to scan every 3 months at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York which consists of MRI of the brain/spine, CT, MIBG injection and scan, urine collection and blood work until 2013 when the team decided Paris would be a candidate for long term follow up care. Due to tumor impact which caused a 56 degree curvature within the spinal cord Paris underwent corrective spine surgery to place growing rods in February of 2011 which need to be surgically adjusted as determined by growth and x rays. Overall Paris is a very happy and sweet child who is currently in 2nd grade and enjoys her sister London, born on January 24, 2012. She has such a wonderful outlook on life. Despite struggles that she is faced with she tends to overcome them causing us to truly be grateful for each day. She continues to fight to become "cancer free".
To cope with the effects of childhood cancer as a means of a therapeutic method I decided to write a book about Paris' journey, which has also helped many families through the process. 
www.hitbywaves.com 

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