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In August of 2004 my 13 year old daughter won first place at the Junior Olympics for Olympic Style Weightlifting. On September 7, 2004 my husband and I were taken into a conference room at a children's hospital and told that our daughter had stage IV cancer.
We then had to walk into her hospital and tell her the diagnosis.
The bad news was that it was a blood cancer that had spread to her abdomen, kidneys, ovaries, liver, bones, spinal fluid, and bone marrow. The "good" news was that it was highly treatable. She had a 70% chance of survival.
She endured 9 months of intense in-patient chemotherapy that would run up to 15 hours a day for 6 days in a row with multiple spinal taps to inject chemo directly into her spine. This was the "good" news treatment.
We are grateful every day for our miracle! However, it should not require a miracle for a child to survive.