- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
As a parent, we face many terrifying things. Here is one I want to give everyone a heads up on.
My daughter is 16. We just found out that a very close friend of hers from elementary school was just diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer that strikes mostly children between 10-20. It’s called Ewing’s Sarcoma. It’s the 8th most common childhood cancer (and thankfully childhood cancers are, in the scheme of things, pretty rare).
This girl had a bump on her collarbone and was being treated for 8 months for a dislocated clavicle. Last week they finally MRId and biopsied this bump and it’s a malignant tumor. There may be additional masses in her arm and leg. I can’t say why a doctor didn’t order this sooner. The prognosis is uncertain. She begins further testing today as well as 7 weeks of aggressive chemo which will be followed by surgery to remove remaining tumors, followed by radiation, followed by 7 more weeks of chemo. Early diagnosis gives a 75% 5-year suvival rate, any delay knocks that down to 10-30%. It usually results in metastatic disease.
You can read up on this cancer but as a parent, when you have that gut feeling that something isn’t right, don’t fear being overly paranoid. We are devastated by this news and can’t imagine what this child and her family are going through. We all do the best we can as parents, but I think sometimes we’re afraid of either the financial concerns or of being thought of as hypochondriacs/over-protective with our kids.