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On August 7, 2009, my 8 year old daughter, Emily, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This was after two weeks of being told she was constipated and being treated as such. We were rushed from Licking Memorial Hospital to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Less than 24 hours later, Emily went in to surgery to have her left ovary and tube, her appendix, and some of the fatty lining of her stomach removed. The tumor was the size of a large grapefruit and was stage 3. We were in the hospital for a week in order for Emily to recover from the surgery. She was released, only to have to go back to Children's four days later to begin her chemotherapy treatment. Emily had to undergo three extensive rounds of chemo, one every 21 days. Emily was amazing during this time. AT 8 years old, she had no idea what having cancer meant. All she knew was that she was sick and needed to get better. It was definitely a rough time for all of us. I would have to say with the exception of the diagnosis, the hardest time for me was when Emily's hair began falling out. Other than the scars that are pretty hidden, that was the main visual sign of the cancer.
Emily's cancer recurred in 2015 and again in 2017. In April 2018, she had HIPEC surgery/treatment at The James. We have been told that she will battle this disease the rest of her life. We need to find a cure.
Cancer is a terrible disease that has touches each and every one of us. Since Emily's original diagnosis, we have tried to do all we can to raise funds for cancer awareness and research. About three months after Emily finished her chemo treatment, she modeled in a fashion show to raise money for pediatric cancer research, Nellie's Catwalk 4 Kids.From the time I learned about Pelotonia, I have participated, either as a volunteer, rider, or virtual rider. Please help me raise money for this amazing cause. 100% of the donations go to the James Cancer Hospital (OSU).