Those were the words my mother heard in 2002 after our doctor, followed by a nurse and a nun, entered my 5 year old sister's hospital room. My mom admits she wasn't exactly sure what a tumor was, but she knew it was bad. Now our family knows a lot about childhood cancer. Cancer beings when normal cells change and grow out of control. In most types of cancer, these cells form a mass, which is called a tumor. My sister's tumor, wrapped around her heart and spine was malignant (which means cancerous). It had also spread throughout her bone marrow. (Picture: Christi's very first hospital stay.)
It was definitely intensive, but I had a blast and learned a ton! This year's NYCDA regional workshop was held in Battle Creek. I enjoyed learning new forms of dance and perfecting forms I've studied for years. I'm looking forward to next year's NYCDA events!
I hope you all have a wonderful new year! I hope this is the year that childhood cancer is cured! Did you know that cancer treatments can cause long-term side effects so children who survive the cancer monster, may very well need medical attention for the rest of their lives? That makes me so sad. Making it to remission is hard enough, but to suffer with late term effects.......that is horrible!