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Anya’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about our little Anya.

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 Anya approached her Mom and Dad in early April 2012 complaining of stomach pain and a pain in her side. She asked for some kind of medicine to help her tummy ache. She tried TUMS, which soon changed to Childrens Tylenol to cope with the pains. She never displayed a temperature or anything more than simple aches and pains of a growing nine year old child. After a few more nights of concerns and complaints of tummy pains though, Anya asked to see the family doctor. We took her to the Doctors office the next morning.

When we got to the Doctors office we discovered that she needed an x-ray to determine what was bugging her. When the X-ray came back we looked at it together and there was a strange shape to her left hip bone. The Doctor ordered an MRI to be done at Children's Hospital in St. Paul.

Anya and Dad went to the hospital. She did great in the tube, but her nerves were getting to her as she reached the half way point. Anya asked that Dad would sit in the room and hold her hand while she finished the test. It was a really special moment for Dad.

Dad recieved a call from the doctor's office that there was some sort of adnormality on the scans and that the doctor wanted to meet with Mom and Dad the following day. When we went to the office the next morning the Doctor confirmed that Anya has a tumor 4cm X 5cm X 5cm. Our worst nightmare confirmed. The Doctor said that most likely it is Ewings sarcoma, but further testing would need to be done to absolutely confirm the results. She stated that our Oncology team from Anya's brother was already alerted and working on the problem.

Latest Journal Update

Just a short note...

         So today marks the beginning of the last week of radiation treatment. Anya had back to back chemo and radiation all last week which was taxing to say the least on her Mom, but we survived and Anya is better for it. The Doctors are a little concerned that she has lost some weight, but Anya is in really good spirits and we are all feeling extremely blessed.

       Doctor Sullivan the radiation doc, says that after the radiation treatments are complete we will wait for a couple of weeks before doing any scans and then we will find out what our new baseline is. Meaning we will see if any of the tumor remains, we will decide if,  when, and how chemotherapy continues. The mysterious cotton ball spots on Anya's left lung are gone, at least they are not visible. The tumor has shrunk significantly and now we wait... Life is good today.

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Ann Kuzj
By Ann Kuzj
I am glad Anya is making it through all of these treatments with good spirits. I hope that all the chemo from the inside and radiation from the outside destroyed all of the remaining cancer cells.
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DeeAnn Havican
By Art and DeeAnn Havican
Sooooo glad things are going well for Anya! We are praying she will be completely healed. God bless you all.
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