Felicia S.

Condition: Hodgkins Lymphoma
City, State: OR
Club: Parkrose Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 552
Date Adopted: 8/22/2011

Felicia's Story:
Felicia is 17 years old, and was diagnosed with cancer (Hodgkin Lymphoma) on March 9th, 2010 when she was 16. She was graded at a level 2A, with a 95% cure rate. The treatment was a fairly quick regiment of chemotherapy and radiation, which was done on an outpatient basis. Hodgkin Lymphoma is a cancer that typically does not return, with only 5% of the HL patients having a relapse. Felicia was given a clean bill of health in July 2010. Shortly afterwards, she began to have pains in her back under her shoulder blade. By the middle of August, her back pains seemed to get worse and she also began having breathing problems. It became difficult for her to walk any distance without becoming short of breath. As it turned out, Felicia's chest cavity was full of fluid, which collapsed her lung. It was back to Emanuel for a CT scan and a visit with her Oncologist at Emanuel Children's Hospital. She spent almost 3 weeks in the hospital with a chest tube placed in her side to drain the fluid, and received daily chest x-ray's. The thinking at the time was that it was a side effect from her previous radiation. The fluid continued to refill in her chest, so it was decided that she should have a larger drain tube put in. During this procedure the surgeon found more cancer. This time around the treatment plan was totally different. She had 3 rounds of chemotherapy, each one was gien for 5 days, 24 hours a day. She had to spend 6 nights in the hospital for each round. In between times, she had a visit to the Emergency ward for a fever, a few blood transfusions, twice a week clinic visits for blood counts, and finally, preparation for a stem cell transplant at Doernbechers Children's Hospital. Felicia spent 24 days in the hospital at Doernbechers, during which, she had a week of intensive chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, blood transfusions and had to be given platelets 3 times. The side effects from these procedures were very unpleasant and made her very ill. After leaving Doernbechers, she had 3 weeks of daily radiation treatments. Once again she was in remission and the cancer appeared to be gone. On June 29th, 2011 after a short 5 month break, she was informed that her cancer was back for the third time. Not only did it come back in all the areas it was originally, but it has spread to other parts of her body. Now she will be in treatment for the next 8 to 12 months during her senior year of high school.

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