Adrienne is a happy, energetic child who loves to sing, dance and play with her big sister. However, in June 2012, we noticed that she was extremely lethargic and her abdomen appeared to be enlarged. An ultrasound and blood work indicated that our sweet 21-month-old daughter had cancer. After several scans and biopsies, she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
To date, she has endured chemotherapy, surgery, a stem cell transplant and radiation. She is currently undergoing immunotherapy, which will continue through the summer. Fortunately, her most recent scan showed that she is in complete remission.
Despite her young age, Adrienne has proven to be a true inspiration to us all. She continues to live life to its fullest and has demonstrated remarkable strength and bravery in the face of unbearable challenges. When at the clinic or at the hospital, she appears to be at home, which is proof of the incredible care and attention she receives at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. She is excited when told she is going to the hospital: She assists staff when her vital signs are taken, blood is drawn, or her lines are flushed, and she enjoys performing “medical assessments” on others.
A testament to her attitude is her favorite line from a song in the musical Annie: “The sun will come out tomorrow.” She brings such joy and happiness to those around her. What an amazing fighter and survivor.