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Sydney’s Story

Hi! I'm Sydney Becker, and I am 13 years old living in New Jersey, recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma.  You can click on "Read My Story" to learn how I found out I had bone cancer.

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This is how I found out:
I am a big softball player. I play on our travel team at third base, and I am a strong hitter. During our last playoff game in late October 2010, I was sliding into third base and landed oddly on my left knee. I started crying and was taken out of the game, even though I continued to play later in the game. It was bothering me ever since on my left leg, around me knee. Finally in December we went to a doctor, and got some X-Rays done. They saw something odd on the top of my left tibia, so they sent me to see Dr. Morris at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. They diagnosed me with osteosarcoma, a cancerous tumor on the top of my left tibia. Last week, I had a biopsy done and the results of the frozen section came back as osteosarcoma. We have been preparing for the chemotherapy ever since, with oral surgery earlier this week and removing my braces tomorrow. Even though we start the chemo treatments on Monday, we are keeping our spirits high, and ready to kick cancer's butt!


Sept. 5- **UPDATE!** Here I am,8 months later, and I have finished 24 weeks of chemotherapy. Back in April, I had surgery to remove the tumor and replace most of my knee. There is now a metal rod in my leg. I have been working on physical therapy, and I'm working to get my knee to bend as much as possible. Right now I'm around 75 degrees. After this week, only one cycle of chemo left! 

All done with chemo and cancer free! Clear scans- yay!!!!

Latest Journal Update

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Hi! First off, I hope everyone had a happy New Year.  I haven't posted on here since before school started! Well, I am now a freshman in high school, and I like a lot. It's so different from middle school, and in my opinion, it's better than it too. But high school is a lot harder. I'm now starting to study for midterms, which I'm really scared for! My hair is getting really long now. In the beginning of November I decided to try a center part, instead of how it used to be, all the way to the left. I like it better like this, it's much easier to manage. When I changed my part, it really showed how long my hair actually was. It's probably getting close to six inches long now.  I've added a new, recent photo of me to the "Photo" section of this site so you can see what I look like now.  My hair is also changing a lot,  it used to be very wavy, and a little bit blonde. Now, the blond waves are all at the bottom of my hair. At the top, my hair is straightening out, and the color is now brown, and it keeps getting darker and darker. I'm really curious as to what it will look like in a couple of months when it is longer. Ever since the summer, I have been able to notice that I'm getting stronger in my leg. I'm definitely more stable, and my muscles are building up. My left leg is still much thinner than my right, but I'm getting there. I think one of the things that helped me get stronger since school started was playing softball again. I played on my team again in the fall, and it went really well. My fielding was okay, and my hitting was almost back to normal. It was so much fun, I had a great time playing. As of now, I'm planning on playing for my school's freshman team. Hopefully it will work out, but if not I will be the team manager. But I'm going to try and play! 

This time of year is special for me because it is the time when two years ago, I was just diagnosed with cancer. On Thursday, it will be two years to the day that I was first brought to the hospital to begin my journey. Two years since I sat in an unfamiliar room with unfamiliar doctors, who told me that I had cancer. The same room that I would be wheeled in and out of nearly every day for ten months. The same doctors that would save my life. It is also an important time of year, because it is the time that we are getting pumped up for Cycle For Survival! This year will be my third year attending a Cycle event. 

If you don't already know, Cycle for Survival is an organization that raises money for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the amazing hospital that I was treated at. There are so many types of rare cancers, all of which receive very little government funding for cure research. Cycle For Survival has been making a huge impact. We've raised almost $20 million since it first started in 2007. Every penny of that went directly to funding 53 clinical trials, which are helping save peoples' lives. It is so important that we raise money to help discover new cures. I am so lucky to have overcome cancer, but there are so many who are not as fortunate as I am. With the money that Cycle raises, we can help other people with cancer have success, just like I did. 

February 9th is going to be our second year riding as "Team Sydney" in Cycle For Survival. This year, we want to make a big impact! We want to be one of the top fundraising teams. It would mean so much to me if you could donate to my team. Any amount helps us get closer and closer to our goal, curing cancer once and for all. And to know that it came from Team Sydney would mean so much to me. If you can, click on this link and take two minutes to donate to Team Sydney:

Unfortunately, I have to go back to school tomorrow, but look below for some jokes. I hope you all had a great holiday season, and a happy new year! 
Love,
Sydney

PS: Why is your nose in the middle of your face?
Because it's the scenter! 

PPS: What do you call somebody without a body or a nose?
Nobody knows.