On August 4, 2011, Millie began vomiting in the middle of the night and complaining of a stomachache. After feeling a knot on her stomach, her family immediately took her to the emergency room at Scottish Rite. She went through several tests before the emergency room doctor came in and delivered the news that would forever change our lives.
Millie was diagnosed with stage 3 Clear Cell Sarcoma of the kidney, an extremely rare form of cancer. In fact, this type of cancer affects only 20 people in the United States per year. X-rays revealed Millie had a cancerous tumor in her left kidney that was the size of a grapefruit. Five days later, Millie went in for surgery to remove her left kidney and the two pound tumor. Thankfully, the cancer had not spread to her lymph nodes but there was some spillage left in her abdomen.
Since her diagnosis, Millie has undergone radiation and seven months of chemotherapy at the Aflac Cancer Center. She is currently off treatment and all of her scans have come back clear so far.
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