My daughter's battle with Wilms' Tumour


This is the story of my daughter Shannon. In september of 1995, when she was two and a half years old, she became ill. After a month of being told it was this virus, or that virus, the truth became known. My daughter had cancer. Specifically, a form of cancer known as Wilm's tumour, which is a form of kidney cancer. Many tests were run, and the news got worse. She had a six inch tumour on her left kidney, which itself only measured two inches. The cancer had also spread to her lungs. After six months of chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and the removal of her left kidney, Shannon was pronounced to be in remission.
She was scheduled for her first check-up three months later. Three weeks before her scheduled check-up, she was rushed into the hospital. Our worst fears were realized when the doctors told us that the cancer was back, worse than before, and her probability of survival was between 20 and 30 percent. The tests showed that Shannon had loose tumour spread across her entire abdomen. The only good news was that her lungs were still clear. The next six months were pure hell. Shannon endured six months of very intensive chemotherapy . She would have five days of chemo, come home for two to four days, and then go back to the hospital for two to three weeks until her immune system got strong enough to fight the various infections that were attacking her. The chemos used this time were especially nasty. Shannon was nauseous all the time. She had to be fed liquid nutrition through a tube, and could rarely keep that down. She lost one third of her body weight. After the last round of chemo, the surgeons opened her up to check for any remaining cancer. Good news at last. The cancer was all gone again. Two weeks of radiation treatments followed, to make sure all the cancer cells were dead.
It's been ten years now, and apart from a few complications that have arisen due to the severity of her treatments, Shannon is a normal, fourteen year old little girl. She enjoys school, riding her  bike, hanging out with her friends, swimming, shopping at the mall,  and going camping. She attended Camp Goodtimes (a camp for kids who have had cancer, or are currently battling cancer) for seven years, but was "graduated" last year to make room for some of the new kids. (sniff). She can return as a volunteer when she is sixteen.
Life is back on track, but will never be the same.

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last updated April 7, 2004