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In late August of 2019 a sizable tumor was discovered on Delilah's liver and quickly diagnosed as Hepatoblastoma. Hepatoblastoma is a very rare cancer that affects children under 4 that doesnt normally spread. Unfortunately, there were spots on Delilah's lungs as well. The following day after the diagnoses, at just two and a half, Delilah started her first round of chemotherapy and handled it like a champ. She has been receiving near weekly treatment to reduce the tumor on her liver and the spots on her lungs. After a long 3 weeks of treatment her hair started to go. Which she also handled well, shaving my (her dad's) head, her grandpa's head, then her own. She has been strong through it all and is still energetic and just wants to play. Whether it is painting, coloring, doing puzzles, playing with play dough, dancing, or literally almost anything else, Delilah does it with a smile and will always insist on you joining in.
During this time her mom (Ashlee) and myself (Connor) have been off work so we may be with her as much as possible. But have recently gone back to working part time to keep money flowing and to prolong our leaves from work for Delilah's inevitable surgery. While the vast majority of medical bills are covered, there are still of course living expenses that must be met.
This coming Friday Delilah will have scans done to determine how the chemo is working and what the next steps are for extraction of the tumor. Tentatively, removal is set for some time in late November, which puts covery right around christmas and her birthday. Foowed by more chemo to blast away any remaining bits that were not reached from surgery.