Carman Richison is the very proud mom of her beautiful seven-year-old daughter, Mikaela.
In June of 2015 Carman noticed that Mikaela was walking with a bit of a limp. There had been no fall or evidence of an injury. One day while Mikaela was at her Dad’s house, she complained of severe leg pain. A visit to the urgent care clinic started them on a journey they could never have imagined. There was a mass in Mikaela’s leg. After many blood tests, scans and MRIs were completed a diagnosis of Osteosarcoma was made.
Carman knew she needed to be by Mikaela’s side so she quit her job and moved in with her parents so that she could focus on what needed to be done for Mikaela. Soon Mikaela would undergo surgery to remove the mass and intense chemotherapy. The progress was encouraging and in April of 2016 she completed her last round of chemotherapy.
Planning for the future and looking forward for the first time in a long time, Carman, moved she and Mikaela into their own place, found a job and things were looking up. As Carman says, just as quickly as things took a turn for the better, they soon turned for the worse as Mikaela had another tumor behind her knee. Again, she would face surgery to remove it and more chemotherapy. But now, with her new job and a new home, Carman was faced with the financial stress along with the devastating news of Mikaela’s recurrence.
Mikaela continues treatment and is scheduled in October for an amputation of her leg above the knee to give her a better chance of being cancer free. The road ahead of surgery, recovery and treatment is still a very long one.
Angels of Hope will be assisting Carman and Mikaela with some of their basic living expenses at this time so that they can focus on Mikaela’s fight and recovery.