Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sydney's Story

Age 7

Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children

Bilateral Wilms Tumor

“Sydney stole my heart from the very beginning,” says one of Sydney’s attending nurses. At just 7-years-old, Sydney is a cancer survivor living with half a kidney. She is unique not only for what she has endured at so young an age, but also because she hasn’t let it stop her from enjoying life and having fun.

When she was just over a year old, Sydney’s mom noticed blood in her urine and took her to the pediatrician. At 14-month-old, Sydney was diagnosed with Bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of cancer that occurs in the kidney and can affect either kidney. In Sydney’s case, both of her kidneys had cancerous tumors. Sydney was sent to the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children where doctors removed her left kidney and a portion of her right kidney. She then began chemotherapy and radiation treatments to rid the remaining portion of her kidney from cancer.

Sydney has beaten cancer and her smiling face shows only happiness and excitement for life. She loves to dance, sing and play with her brother. She counts every moment as a blessing and wants to help others in whatever way she can.

1 comment:

  1. God Bless you Sydney...can't wait to meet you in October