I am Evie Olenslager, I am 6 years old and I am in 1st grade. I have 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and a Mom and Dad who love me lots. I love playing outside, listening to music, and playing with my family. I live in a small town called Thayne, it is in Wyoming, and I have been diagnosed with 2 different kinds of cancer.
Let me tell you my story...In October of 2013 my Mom took me to the doctor because she could tell that my body was acting like it wanted to be a teenager. We did some blood work and even though I was a little afraid of the needle I was really brave. In November my Mom said “Evie, the doctor said we need to go to Salt Lake City and go see an endocrinologist”. I didn't know what that meant but I knew it was another doctor. My Dad works in North Dakota so he is gone a lot; I was so excited when he and my brother went with us! The doctor decided we needed to do more blood work and get an ultrasound of my stomach. I could tell my Mom and Dad were worried but they kept telling me everything would be ok. The next day we did the ultrasound and I thought the pictures of the inside of my belly were funny. But it was ok because I got to watch a movie while they did it. After we left the hospital we waited until the doctor called to tell us what they found. I have never really seen my Mom cry but when she talked on the phone I could tell she was sad. She told my Dad “Evie has a tumor on her left ovary and it's probably cancer”.
Cancer was a funny word for me to say and I didn't know what it meant but my Mom and Dad said “it's ok Evie we just need to go back to Salt Lake and do surgery”. In December we were in a big hospital called Primary Children's. I like it there because they have toys and stickers. My Mom and Dad told me about having surgery and said they would be right by me and that made me be brave. The doctors removed my left ovary and fallopian tube and did a wash of my abdomen to check for the cancer cells. When I woke up from the surgery my stomach really hurt and I could hear my Mom saying “Evie mom's right here", and then I would fall asleep again. When I finally woke up they took me to my own room and my Dad was there and he gave me a big kiss and said “you’re a brave girl Evie, I love you”. My Mom stayed with me my room all night. When I had to go to the bathroom I was so afraid to walk because my stomach hurt so bad but my Mom said “it's ok Evie I will help you”. I was glad to leave the hospital the next day and go home to my family.
When I felt better it was time for Christmas! My Mom was really sad two days before though because she talked to the doctors and they said there was cancer on my abdomen lining and we would have to do more tests and chemotherapy. After Christmas we went back to Salt Lake and did a CT scan; it was funny because the machine told me to hold my breath and when I could breathe again. After the test we went to the cancer doctors. They said that I have a really rare cancer. Only 3 or 4 kids get this kind each year. It is called dysgermanoma and it grows tumors but we could use medicine to kill it out of my body called chemotherapy.
After Christmas break I could go to school if I felt good, but I would get tired really easy. In January of 2014 the doctors said that I might have a second cancer. My Mom and my Grandpa took me to the hospital to do more blood work. I was getting tired of getting poked by needles but I was really brave again. The next week the doctors called my Mom and said that I have another cancer and this one was called gonadalblastoma. She said that I would have to have another surgery and start chemo on the same day.
On January 24 they are going to have to take out my other ovary and put an IV in my chest. I am a little bit scared but my Mom said it will be ok that her and my Dad will be there with me the whole time. My Mom said that I have to go back and keep doing chemo treatments each month. She also said that I might get sick and that my hair will fall out, but that it's important because it will kill all the cancer and then I can be healthy again.
Thanks for helping my Mom and Dad, I love them so much and know that angels like you are helping them.