Navy is 3. She loves riding her bike, twirling, and playing dress up. She is spunky, observant and kind. And she has Neuroblastoma.
In just 10 months, she has gone through:
6 rounds of week-long inpatient chemotherapies
Stem cell harvesting
1 major surgery
A week isolated in bed for internal radiation
1 month-long stem cell transplant
12 days of radiation
1 week-long Immunotherapy round
Plentiful ER visits and blood transfusions
Tens of thousands of miles travelled to participate in clinical trials
Navy is not alone in fighting cancer. Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 3 minutes. And in the US, more than 1 million people will get cancer this year.
I share our story to help increase awareness. In hopes that awareness->more funding->more research->a cure!
The current treatments have been increasingly getting better over time, but we still have a LONG way to go. Too many people are going through awful treatments to see little results. We have been the grateful recipient of the past research results and I hope that what Navy goes through will help another child or adult suffer less. Because hospitals are not a place to be when you are 3.