Wahaisia had been experiencing excruciating pain in her right knee for some time. Finally, her pediatrician sent us to an orthopedist for X-rays. When the doctor came in to talk to me, I immediately knew it was serious.
Wahaisia was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, cancer that starts in the bone. I remember thinking, “How can I tell my 14-year-old she has cancer?” Once we got home, I broke it down for her and she realized the battle that lay ahead. She quickly started chemotherapy, and her leg was amputated above the knee in April 2014.
After her diagnosis we found ourselves almost living in a hospital more than 100 miles from home. It was there that God brought Jay’s HOPE into our lives. We met another Jay’s HOPE family whose child had the same treatment plan as my daughter. A few days later, we received a care package in the mail from the organization. My three girls and I were alone, but Jay’s HOPE became our family – a family who understands our trials and triumphs. They connect us with other families at monthly social events. They offer financial assistance to help with travel expenses. They even supply a tutor who helps Wahaisia with schoolwork during her treatments.
This summer we learned that Wahaisia has relapsed. While she has a long road ahead of her, she still dreams about the future. She loves to dance and one day she hopes to open a studio for young amputees. For now, we are enjoying the little moments, because time is more precious than ever. And we know that Jay’s HOPE will continue to give us consistency and support as we move forward.
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