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My Story

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

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On April 6th, Kennedy was taken to the ER for significant swelling and pain in her right thigh.  This was the height of some generally annoying pain she had been feeling off and on for a few weeks that had made her develop quite a limp at times.  No one would have ever thought that a week later, following multiple tests, scans and a biopsy that she would be diagnosed as having Ewing's Sarcoma. (Upon final review of pathology this diagnosis was changed to Osteosarcoma on April 22nd)  Thankfully all tests indicated that it is localized to the right femur.  At the time of the biopsy the tumor was estimated to be 26 cm, located 5 in above her knee.  Again, a blessing that her joints, knee and hip, are unaffected. 

Surgery to remove the tumor is necessary, however it must be shrunk.  So, this means Kennedy will begin a chemo treatment regimen for three months prior to surgery to reduce the size of the tumor.  The surgery will entail removal of the affected bone and tumor, with reconstruction using a donor bone and/or rod combination.  This will all be more clear as time goes by.  After surgery she will again have to take another three to four months of chemo. 

Kennedy is truly a one of a kind kid.  She is no doubt apprehensive about what to expect, but has accepted this entire situation with a grace that is amazing!  I have always said there are blessings in every situation and already I have witnessed so many in the past two weeks--I can only imagine what this young lady has in store for us all!  God is good, and we will continue to "Praise him in this storm." 

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Amy Griffith posted a new journal entry, "FOUR weeks and counting!!!".

More good news today!  We are so very thankful....in Pam's words, "Prayers go up, blessings come down! No growth again this week! Thank you God for your blessings on ... Read more

Amy Griffith posted a new journal entry, "A sweet SWEET 16!!".

Kennedy had a great birthday yesterday.  She was up alllll day long, from 4:00 a.m. till after 10:00 last night!  She really enjoyed her party and received some very ... Read more

Amy Griffith posted a new journal entry, "Blessings overflowing....".

More good news from clinic today!  I promise I'm not being lazy, but like to use parents own words when possible, and Pam posted on facebook earlier... "Blessings ... Read more

Amy Griffith posted a new journal entry, "What's better than no growth????".

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING TUMOR!!! Kennedy went to clinic today, and once again wonders never cease for this child!  In her mother's words on facebook this afternoon... ... Read more

Amy Griffith posted a new journal entry, "Holding her own...".

It's been a rough week for our Warrior.  It was decided late in the week to go ahead and treat her fever with antibiotics and some fluids. Things did not go as smoothly ... Read more

Amy Griffith posted a new journal entry, "Reality...".

The past two days have been sobering to say the least... Coming off such a wonderful weekend with family, Kennedy went to clinic yesterday morning.  Since her appointment ... Read more

Amy Griffith posted a new journal entry, "Sweet 16 Celebration BEGINS!".

Well, no doubt Kennedy knows how to do things in style, so here we are kicking off her month long sweet 16 celebration in the beautiful Smokey Mountains!  A charitable ... Read more

Amy Griffith posted a new journal entry, "Spirits remain high!".

As many of you witnessed first hand, Kennedy had a tremendous homecoming parade last Friday.  She rode from the airport in Nashville in a white limo.  Once they entered ... Read more

Amy Griffith posted a new journal entry, "Back to TENNESSEE!!!".

Today is the day, our WARRIOR is headed back home to Tennessee! Kennedy has one last radiation treatment this morning and then she and Pam will catch a flight to ... Read more

Amy Griffith posted a new journal entry, "Feelin' the LOVE!!!".

I've spent nearly the past 24 hours trying to come up with the words that could possibly convey the magnitude of blessings from the Marion Co Unites 4 Kennedy event held ... Read more

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