Katelyn was born on August 13th, 2010. A beautiful, happy, red-headed little girl! Katie was always smiling & just loving life and rarely fussed. It wasn’t until March of 2011 that I noticed her left eye turned colors overnight. I didn’t think much more about it because I understood, although not often, this is possible.
I become more concerned as her left eye began to turn inward toward her nose uncontrollably. It was concerning enough that I took her to the eye doctor who thought maybe she had a cataract & encouraged us to see a pediatric ophthalmologist. It was May 23rd, 2012 when we first heard the words cancer associated with our little 1 ½ year old. By May 29th, we were in Memphis, TN for treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Upon different exams, it was agreed that the best course of treatment for Katelyn was an enucleation of her left eye. On June 4th, surgery was performed and we were later fitted with a prosthetic eye.
We continue to make frequent trips to Memphis for follow up appointments. Katelyn remains stable & cancer free and we recognize how blessed we are. We are so thankful to April Harmon & the Gold Hope Project to help capture these special moments. As a parent of a child with cancer, we know each day is a gift to cherish!
Katelyn’s support page: www.caringbridge.org/visit/katelynharris