Ashlyn had always been a chunky baby and never been a good sleeper. So her insomnia and belly never crossed my mind as a sign of cancer. When she would scream in the middle of the night or run a low grade fever, teething was always to blame. Doctor appointments didn’t catch her kidney tumor and neather did I.
When Ashlyn was 3, her daddy went to give her a hug and she told him her belly hurt. We pulled up her shirt and noticed her belly was bigger on the left side and she had turned pale white. After taking her to the clinic we were advised to take her to the ER. They were thinking it was her bowls or appendix. It was our ER doctor that told us she had Wilms Tumor. We were sent to OKC that night to meet with doctors the next day.
Her first round of chemo started immediately. The tumor had consumed Ashlyn’s left kidney. It was the size of a large grapefruit. It had moved to her liver and lungs and there were spots on her right kidney. Her kidney was removed. We went through almost a year of chemo and radiation. Ashlyn had been in the hospital at least once a month for that whole year.
Three months after being cleared we found out her cancer wasn’t gone. She had relapsed. It is in her lungs. So we are now doing chemo again.