Honored Kid

Annabella R.

Age 20
Annabella R. Kid Photo

Location

Topeka, KS, US

Diagnosis

Rhabdomyosarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

September 2008

Status

In remission

Treated At

The Children's Mercy Hospital

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My Story

Annabella is a beautiful, spunky, fun-loving little lady! She was healthy as could be until the Fall of 2008 when she started having great difficulty breathing. She was rushed to our local ER and a CT scan revealed the massive tumor in her neck/head/chest that had completely cut off her airway. The doctors said there was no medical explanation how she was breathing. I knew right then and there that God was already working a miracle in her. After being diagnosed with stage IV alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, Annabella began a very tough chemo/radiation protocol. She had weekly chemo treatments for 1 year, and 30 radiation treatments. Miss Annabella is now 7 years in remission and counting. She is currently a freshman in high school and loving life! Some of Annabella's favorite activities are volleyball, swimming, shopping, walking her dog, fishing, singing, hair/make-up/nails, baking/cooking, going to the movies, having slumber parties with her girlfriends and cheering on her beloved KU Jayhawks. Annabella has check-ups and tests several times a year with numerous different specialty doctors to closely monitor her health conditions. As you can imagine, the hospital has become our second home. Miss Anna absolutely loves going to Children's Mercy and seeing old friends and making new ones. Since the completion of her chemo/radiation protocol Annabella has struggled with many long-term side effects, but it is definitely not getting her down! She is one tough cookie and knows that she can conquer anything life throws her way. 

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