Laura was the first patient that we helped and one that is very close to our heart. She and Amanda had a lot in common, were about the same age and both loved to run. Laura ran for Etowah High School before being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.
Laura's Story in her mothers words:
On September 11th, 2007, Laura (now 17) was diagnosed with a malignant bone tumor in her right femur. She was treated at Scottish Rite in Atlanta. Her treatments included multiple rounds of chemotherapy and at the end of November 2007; she had a limb saving reconstructive surgery on her leg. They removed half of the femur bone and replaced her knee. They performed several tests on her femur bone afterwards and confirmed that the chemo worked. As we were told, it's "very treatable but will be very, very hard on her". Even though each round of chemo was a struggle and it took lots of hard work on Laura?s part to rehab her leg, she pulled through and was able to get back to being a normal teenager.
Almost one year to the day upon her diagnosis, Laura wrote this ?I remember? story about her cancer battle:
Hello everyone!!! Today is September 1st, exactly 10 days until the one year anniversary of my diagnoses. Wow. Praise God. So much has happened in the last year. My life and the lives of my friends and family have been changed forever.
I was inspired by Madison Winn to write an "I remember story": I remember one year ago, going to the doctor to get an x-ray of my knee because I would lay in bed at night crying because it was throbbing in pain.
It feels so good to say, "I am healthy."
1 year and 1 day after writing this ? THE CANCER WAS BACK!! This time it presented itself in the lungs. She had an operation to have the tumors removed on September 1, 2009. Follow-up scans came back clear and she was once again declared CANCER FREE!
Unfortunately once again, the joy was short lived. In February 2010, just 5 months later they once again found tumors in her lungs that were cancer. This time she would have to go through another 6 months of chemotherapy.
Her chemo treatments were extremely hard on Laura and at times almost unbearable. She did make it through and was declared CANCER FREE for the third time on July 17, 2010. In November Laura did have a kidney scare and was minutes away from going onto dialysis but was able to avoid that.
Unfortunately Laura's cancer came back once again and this time she was not able to beat it with her earthly body. Today is is cancer free living with the angel in heaven.