On Thursday, August 4, 2011, Millie began vomiting in the middle of the night and complaining of a stomachache. Her mother felt her stomach Friday morning, and noticed a knot. The following morning, they took Millie to the Emergency Room at Scottish Rite. They immediately x-rayed and performed an ultra sound of her stomach. Her blood pressure was also extremely high 159/119. At first they thought their machine was not working properly and had to take her blood pressure manually. This confirmed that indeed her blood pressure was very serious.
Soon afterward, the Emergency Room doctor came in and delivered news that would forever change this sweet girls life. She had a very large tumor, the size of a grapefruit in her left kidney that was cancerous. He believed, at the time, it was a Wilms tumor.She had surgery to remove the tumor and her left kidney. Fortunately, tests show the cancer was contained in the kidney area only seeping a little spillage but has not spread.
Millie was diagnosed with having a rare form of kidney cancer called Clear Cell Sarcoma of the Kidney, stage III. This type of cancer affects only 20 people in the United States per year. She has undergone radiation and chemo treatments.
Millie is the forth child for this very sweet family.
Today Millie is living life as a healthy growing girl. She loves attending school and riding horses.