30 DAYS/30 STORIES® 2020
Isabella was a pretty active 9 year-old kid. She loved roller blading, swimming, and riding her bike. During the summer of 2019, she complained about her knee bothering her here and there but then would be right back outside playing and running around. It always seemed it was just a few minutes and she was back to her normal self, so we just figured it was growing pains.
One weekend in August she complained persistently about her knee so we made an appointment. We thought well maybe she pulled something as she had just been to the bounce park. The doctor wrapped her knee and suggested she take it easy for a few days. The doctor sent us for X-rays to make sure it wasn’t anything that may have needed further treatment.
On August 8th, about 30 minutes after the X-ray, we received the phone call that changed everything. We were told to go straight to the hospital as Isabella had a tumor like lesion on her femur.
Isabella was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. Instead of heading to her first week of 4th grade, she began her first intense inpatient cycle of chemotherapy. For the next 9 months, we pretty much lived at the hospital. Trying to balance Isabella’s treatment and make time for her brother Aiden, work, and our pets became extremely overwhelming. With all of the back and forth from hospital to work, home, and back to the hospital along with all of the trips up to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to meet with her orthopedic surgeon, having the support of PCFLV was amazing. They provided us with gift cards for the cafeteria at the hospital, gas cards that helped tremendously with all of the travel, and an amazing group of people in their support group.
Everyone at PCFLV is amazing and really goes above and beyond to make you feel like you are a part of their family…from trips to the hospital to check in and see how we are to gifts for the kiddos to help cheer them up while being stuck in a hospital room for days. Even when we were up at CHOP for a week for Isabella’s surgery, they constantly reached out to see how things were going. This amazing group of people will sit with you, talk with you, cry with you, and laugh with you. I feel blessed to have had this group behind us on our journey.
Isabella is now done with her chemotherapy treatment and her end-of-treatment scans were clear! Isabella just got her port removed on August 19, 2020! She still has a lot of physical therapy ahead of her as she needed a total femur replacement, but it feels great to see her getting back to being the spunky kid she was before all of this.
Thank you to PCFLV for everything that they do for our cancer families at the hardest, scariest, and most unsure time in our lives.
Written by her mom, Chastity