Meet Harper – Neuroblastoma
Harper is a silly, happy and very smart little girl. She loves to laugh but she also has a pretty fiery temper. She loves Minnie Mouse and the whole Clubhouse gang and Thomas the tank engine. She loves to go swimming, play with cars, color and to go to the park.
When Harper was six months old, she suddenly lost the movement of her legs. She underwent testing followed by emergency surgery and we discovered she had neuroblastoma. Some other common symptoms of Neuroblastoma can be fever, loss of appetite and fatigue. Neuroblastoma often occurs in the kidney but can also develop in the neck, chest, abdomen, spine or bones. Neuroblastoma often occurs in children under 5 and is the most common type of cancer that affects babies under 1.
Harper has been through a lot at such a young age. Her treatment plan consisted of four rounds of chemotherapy, four different surgeries and two stays in the pediatric intensive care unit. She continues to have sedated MRIs and urine tests.
Having a young child with cancer can be stressful because she is unable to tell us what’s wrong. It’s also made us appreciate all the little things more.