Mothers always know, they know their children and they know when something is not right. When Melissa took her two year old daughter Cameron to the doctor, she was skeptical when the diagnosis came back as pneumonia.
When Cameron’s condition did not improve, Melissa took her to another doctor in an attempt to find the cause of continued stomach pain and fever. After running a series of tests, the prognosis was alarming; Cameron had Neuroblastoma, a cancer of the adrenal glands. The Cancer was at stage four.
What followed was a grueling treatment protocol that lasted from May 2009 until March 2010. During that time Cameron endured 70 days of chemo treatment, a 19 hour surgery and a stem cell transplant. When Melissa says that Cameron is “very stubborn and very tough”, she is not exaggerating.
Prior to becoming ill Cameron loved to swim every weekend in the public pool. She loved the water so much that it was quite common for her to wear her “water wings” in the tub. So it was a natural choice to have a pool built in her backyard when asked what her wish would be. Melissa says that the pool has proven to be a welcome escape for the entire family. And Cameron swam every day this summer once the above ground pool was built in June.
“She’s in it every day and she just swims around and around while wearing her life vest. She loves it,” Melissa says.
“She has a very strong personality and she is very persistent. She is tougher than any of us,” She says.
Melissa Marvels at the strength and determination of Cameron, now four. Cameron is now medically disease free.