A Family's Fight: Mom and Her 1-Year-Old Daughter Battling Cancer Together
She wasn't expecting her own diagnosis, much less her daughter's.
Heather Wilson was going through her own round of Chemo for an inoperable brain tumor when she noticed blood in her 1-year-old daughter’s diaper.
The 32-year-old Georgia mom had just been diagnosed in June after suffering from seizures. What she wasn’t expecting was her daughter, London, to get a cancer diagnosis of her own just six months later.
“I couldn’t grasp it," Wilson told InsideEdition.com. "It still sometimes doesn’t feel real.”
Wilson said she’d taken London to several doctors until she finally took a picture of one of her bloody diapers and urologists did an emergency surgery just four days before Christmas.
“It lasted a an hour and a half. When they came back from surgery, out of everything [the doctor] was saying back to me, all I heard was tumor and childhood cancer,” Wilson said.
London had a Stage 3 cancer from a yolk sac tumor near her ovaries. Doctors said little London needed to be admitted right away.
“There’s [no] emotion that you can explain, like I was just convulsing, because this is my fight, this is my battle not my baby’s, because she is this healthy, beautiful child, just perfect child, now she has Stage 3 [cancer].”
Both mom and daughter are now doing chemo. Wilson takes pills monthly and has to undergo 12 rounds while London receives chemo at Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, where Wilson is also being treated.
"I don’t think about my brain tumor and what I have going on because I’m focused on her. She has to go into the hospital. I just finished my fourth round of chemo two days ago and tomorrow we will go to the local hospital and she will start a second round of chemo."
Despite the unfortunate circumstances, Wilson is holding out hope and trying to stay positive.
“We are doing this together,” she said. “I just have to take it one day at a time and be positive. You just gotta put it in God’s hands. He’s not going to put it on my plate if I can’t handle it.”
The family has started a GoFundMe for their medical bills and the campaign has already raised more than $20,000 of its $35,000 goals.
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