A tower of strength

Wednesday 11 July, 2012

To have my 24-year-old daughter tell me she has Adreanal Cortical Carsinoma sent my head into a spin. I had never heard of such a thing. From that day 3 years ago our lives have been an emotional rollercoaster.

She had surgery to remove the tumor, which had grown to the size of a football, and the surgery seemed to be a succsess until 12 months later she had check-ups, which showed the cancer was back in the same area.

We got the news the same day as my son and daughter in-law had their second beautiful baby girl. We cried happy and sad tears that day.

I went with my daughter to see the surgeon who explained that he would have to remove her left kidney, spleen, part of her pancreas and fatty tissues. We cried for days. My poor baby, why is this happening? It feels not real. Am I dreaming? But it wasnt a dream, it was very real and very scary.

Twelve months ago she had her surgery and all tests have been clear again until 1 month ago a PET scan showed the cancer was back, this time on her stomach and diaphragm. She will be 27 in August and has 2 fantastic children – a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old. God give us all strength to help her through this. She is a fighter, a tower of strength. We love her.


Updated: 11 Jul, 2012