Honored Kid

Lauren K.

Lauren K. Kid Photo


Greenwood, SC, US


Ewing sarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

June 2009



Treated At

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital

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My Story

I was a dedicated softball player for my high school, I competed in gymnastics since I was 4 years old, I was active in church activities, and also did dance for a while! But after I got hit where my tumor is my world came crashing down. After going through the most unbearable pain possible and being referred to around 15 doctors to find out what was causing this pain, they all diagnosed it as muscle, sciatica, spasms, wedged disk, whip-lash, and more, because they knew I did sports. They put me on strong pain medicines and muscle relaxants to mask the pain. I tried acupuncture, chiropractor, physical therapists, and more. They finally wanted to send me to the pain clinic but I refused to go, because they gave up on finding what the problem was, all they wanted to do was mask the pain. You go to doctors for answer and want to trust them, but when you cant find out with is wrong with you for 5 whole months, it was terror. To be able to go to the bathroom my own father had to carry me because the pain wouldn't allow me walk. I was bedridden! I finally went to ER for the second time and because my father knew this "ER" doctor, he did all the scans he can think of. They came in with the results and said " Lauren, I don't know how to tell you this but ..... you have a mass on you back pelvis bone... it's bone cancer." It seemed the whole world stopped spinning. But I NEVER gave up hope and I NEVER gave up faith. If anything I gained my hope and I gained my faith! I have become SO much closer to God and I have noticed that I cherish the tiny things in life. And things like high school drama doesn't even bother me anymore, because God gives you a precious life and to live it in such short time! There isn't any time to hate, hold grudges, or want, want, want! Be happy for what you have. If you think you have it bad look around, someone always has it worse! I was diagnosed on June, 2nd of 2009 and am still undergoing chemotherapy and went through 6 weeks radiation! I am doing very will. Even though this is the hardest most sickening time of my life, I'm only going to be 14-15 once; so I like to still live life to the fullest even though at times it may drag me down; but I don't complain because like I said before, "when you think you have it bad someone else out there has it worse!"

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