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Azalea's Fight

Written by Taylor Coolidge

Azalea was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma childhood cancer at Albany Medical Center in upstate NY March 7, 2017 at the age of two when a six inch tumor was detected in her abdomen. It was crushing/encasing her vital organs, arteries, collapsing her lungs and heading for her heart. After two rounds of chemotherapy, Azalea was transferred to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC where they specialize in Neuroblastoma. Azalea has gone through many traumatic experiences such as having drainage tubes inserted into her lungs through her side to drain fluid, a twelve hour surgery to remove her tumor, right adrenal gland and part of her liver, countless blood/platelet transfusions, many rounds of toxic harsh chemotherapy, radiation, painful immunotherapy, experimental trials, complications, near death occurrences and so much more.


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Azalea received clear scans for the first time August 10, 2017. She was considered No Evidence Of Disease for a little over a year until she relapsed with a focal spot on her right arm October 19, 2018. Thankfully Azalea has achieved clear scans again since December 24, 2018. Azalea has lost her hair a total of three times, she’s grown up in a hospital, she suffers from hearing loss/speech problems due to the side effects of chemotherapy, her teeth are damaged and she’s missing a few permanent ones. Throughout all of this Azalea never stops smiling, she never loses hope and she never gives up, thanks to God, her wonderful family, her doctors/nurses and all of you.

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