Honored Kid

Amelia H.

Age 5
Amelia H. Kid Photo

Location

Braselton, GA, US

Diagnosis

Melanoma

Date of Diagnosis

March 2016

Status

In maintenance

Treated At

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Aflac Cancer Center

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My Story

Amelia developed a "wart-like" lesion on her lower leg at age 2. After taking her to the pediatrician three times out of a gut feeling something was not right, they finally suggested her to be taken to dermatology. She had the lesion scraped off and tested. It, first, came back as a high risk mole and we proceeded with surgery to have it removed by a pediatric surgeon. It was further tested, after another surgery to remove more margins. It was then classified as melanoma. At Amelia's age, she wasnt old enough for chemotherapy or radiation, with this type of cancer. The only other option, for us, was monitoring. We were invited to St. Judes for their clinical back in November of 2017. That's also when another lesion, in the same area as the first, was found. January of 2018, she had another surgery to remove more skin and a skin graft put onto the area. At that point, 30% of her skin, from her lower leg, was removed. In August of 2018, she had her graft removed and since then, no more moles have developed. She is now being monitored every three months. Amelia is a true fighter. She is one of the most amazing kids I've ever had the honor of knowing, and I am blessed to be her mom. She was able to start Pre K this week and for the first time, is having a "normal" life.

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