Share Your Story Saturday: Adrina
March 11, 2017
Adrina | 5 | stage 4 Wilms Tumor
[Give us a brief medical history of your experience with cancer.]
On June 6, 2016 Adrina was diagnosed with stage 4 Wilms Tumor. From that moment when they found the mass in her abdomen they knew it was Wilms Tumor. From that day forward Adrina’s life changed. Her experience has been about 9 months so far. Her journey has included CT scans, X-rays, echocardiograms, 1 major surgery to remove her tumor and kindey, 1 emergency surgery to cut scar tissue that was suffocating her intestines, port insertion, port access, chemo, blood and platelet transfusions, shots at home, different medications, hospital stays for 5 days straight of chemo and more.
[What things were hard for you when you went into remission?]
Along with all of that medical related stuff, Adrina has finished her treatment but unfortunately she is not cleared yet. Her last scans showed that she still has 3 nodules on her lung. On March 13 she will be having another surgery to scrape the nodules off to see if its living wilms or dead scar tissue. As if this poor baby hasn’t been through enough.
[What things have you done to ‘Embrace Your New Normal’?]
Adrina cannot wait to start living a normal life again. I can say this, Adrina is done with treatment but getting her back to a normal life is going to be so hard. We have put our guard up so high with her that it is going to be VERY HARD to let her be herself again, meaning we have sheltered her. Now that she has had cancer I think its going to be hard to not worry all the time about her, I guess you can say to not baby her is not gonna be easy.
[Please share some explanations/stories to elaborate on this.]
Adrina’s life used to be being outside, going to the park, going to pizza places, playing sports and going to school. All of this was stopped due to cancer. A child with cancer has to have good ANC counts to even be around people.
[If you could share one piece of advice with someone who’s recently finished treatments and adjusting back to life, what would you tell them?]
One day at a time.
Click here to share your story of cancer survivorship with us! It is amazing how much you can help others struggling with similar trials by speaking out about them. Such a big thank you to Adrina’s mom for sharing her little girls story with our community!