WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (5/1/13) - Webster County Relay for life will be hosting its 2013 event on Friday May 30, at Trojan Field in Dixon.
As we prepare for the event, The Journal-Enterprise would like to take an opportunity to honor a few Webster County residents who have won their battle with cancer. Their stories are all different, but each one is an inspiration.
For Webster County resident Magon Turner Robards, a childhood accident might quite possibly have saved her life.
“When I was about two and a half I was climbing in a chair and fell,” Robards said. “I had a knot came up on my side.”
Her parents took her immediately to the doctor. Originally the medical staff thought it was a rupture, but a Cat Scan revealed something worse. Tests revealed that what they had thought was a rupture was a tumor on her kidney.
Robards was taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Lousiville, where doctors removed one of her kidneys. What she had was a stage two Wilms’ Tumor, or nephroblastoma, a cancer of the kidneys that typically occurs only in children.
They also found that the tumor had started to spread to her lungs, but they caught it early enough to remove it with little damage.
“I had fifteen months of chemo and three or four rounds of radiation,” she said. “We spent a lot of time at Kosairs and the Ronald McDonald House.”
Robards said that although the Wilms’ Tumor is a very aggressive cancer, it responds well to treatment if it gets caught in time.
“Falling from that chair might have been my saving grace,” she said. “Wilms’ usually doesn’t have a lot of symptoms.”
Robards said that she has had minimal side effects from her treatments. Doctors had said that she wouldn’t have children because of the treatments, but she is the proud mother of a seven year old.
“I want to encourage people to follow up on anything they aren’t sure about,” she said. “I was the only one in my family at the time to be diagnosed with cancer. To this day there has only been one or two others. Take preventative care. If my parents hadn’t caught on to that, doctors might not have found my tumor.”
J-E News Editor
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