Bailey

Bailey was a healthy and active ten year old girl. As spring 2012 approached, she had been complaining of knee pain for about two months. She was very athletic and participated in many sports, so we attributed it to an overuse injury – nothing a little rest, ice and ibuprofen couldn’t fix. But the pain did not improve and after some imaging and a biopsy, we were given the shocking news that she had a malignant bone tumor in her lower femur that had also invaded her knee. In March of 2012, Bailey became a child with Osteosarcoma. Osteosarcoma is a very aggressive cancer, and thus, the treatment is vigorous as well. It consists of ten weeks of chemotherapy, then surgery to remove the tumor, followed by another twenty weeks of chemotherapy. As if learning your child has cancer is not shocking enough, the options for tumor removal were equally as life-altering and were not choices any parent ever imagines making. Because Bailey wanted  to be able to play sports again, she chose a form of amputation known as rotationplasty. On June 5, the tumor infected area of her leg was removed and the bottom portion of her leg was rotated 180 degrees and reattached, thus allowing her ankle to become her new knee. While it looks unusual, it was, for numerous reasons, the most functional of any of her options. She will wear a prosthetic on the bottom portion of her leg and with a lot of hard work, she should be able to return to the athletic, active lifestyle she had before cancer. Bailey is currently finishing her remaining rounds of chemotherapy and our prayer is that she will remain cancer free for the next seventy or eighty years. While this has been an unbelievably difficult and unexpected journey, we know that this is God’s plan for Bailey and we are trusting Him to give us the grace we need to travel through this valley.