Honored Kid

Cierra Walsh

Age 19
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Location

Kennesaw, GA, US

Diagnosis

Osteosarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

March 2014

Status

In remission

Treated At

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

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My Story

In January of 2014 I started having consistent pain in my right leg. After a quick trip to the family doctor I started going to physical therapy for what we thought was just muscle tension. 2 months later I had a large bump on my leg with pain that kept me from sleeping every night. An x-ray led to an MRI, which then led to an emergency biopsy. On March 19, 2014, I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in my right femur. I went through 9 months of chemotherapy and 4 surgeries on my leg, including an Allograft (a procedure to replace my femur and remove the tumor). As a result of my treatment I lost all my hair (as most cancer patients do), and my self confidence took a dive. I felt like I wasn't beautiful without my hair and this contributed to me never being with my friends. I am shaving my head to show girls with cancer that being beautiful has nothing to do with the length of your hair, because the most beautiful thing about you is your strength. Nearly 2 years later I am almost off crutches and can proudly call myself a cancer survivor. And though I have been fortunate enough to have a fairly quick treatment and recovery, I recognize that many children don’t end up where I am today. I am a cancer survivor, and I fight so that others can say the same. Join me and donate to my page or any of the others on this website; and together we can ensure that no more kids have to know the pain that cancer brings.

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