A two-year-old girl is now cancer-free after battling a rare form of ovarian cancer. In February, McKenna Shea Xydias went through four rounds of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with an ovarian yolk sac tumor.
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Her parents, Mike and Megan Xydias, took her to a doctor. They were told it was most likely gas, but to bring her back if she continued to have fevers. Mike shared with GMA, “The whole [next] day she was fine, no temperature. But she had difficulty using the bathroom. Meagan made an appointment for her Feb. 14 in the afternoon. That day, daycare called. She had a fever of 103.”
McKenna got an X-ray which revealed a mass located around her ovaries. At the time of the diagnosis and treatment, Mike shared with GMA, “She is a ball of energy and a stereotypical 2-year-old. She’s the youngest child, where she is the boss and she’s extremely stubborn, which a great character trait in going to fight cancer. She doesn’t let anything stop her.”
McKenna was treated for four months by Dr. Katie Sutton, a pediatric oncologist for the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. After the treatment, Dr. Sutton was thrilled to tell McKenna’s parents that she was completely healthy. Dr. Sutton told GMA that McKenna “had no serious or unexpected side effects aside from requiring occasional blood transfusions. She’s a rock star.”
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.
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