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Ariana, Cancer patient at Primary Children'sby Lisa Paxton, Ariana’s Mother
Middleton, ID

There is a club you never think you will become a member of, until the day comes and without a choice you are signed up. You begin a journey of ups and downs – hope and despair. On March 15, 2013, we joined that club. Our 4 -year-old daughter Ariana was diagnosed with Stage IV High-Risk Neuroblastoma Cancer. What began as severe constipation with a possibility of appendicitis, turned into my daughter has a mass on her adrenal gland and we think it could be cancer. When the oncologist walked into Ariana’s hospital room, he sat down and began explaining what they were thinking the mass (tumor) was. It was most likely Neuroblastoma, but then it might not be. I was a little confused during that time because I felt so overwhelmed, I really couldn’t understand what they were saying.

The first experience…

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