20 Months Old at Diagnosis
CureSearch was introduced to Sophie May Sewell at both the Kansas City and Dallas CureSearch Walks this year. Now 2, Sophie was just 20 months old when her parents found a bump on her back. Doctors assured her family that it was nothing, just connective tissue, and not to worry. Just to be sure, they ordered an MRI. The news was not as positive as they had hoped. Doctors determined that the bump was a neuroblastoma tumor the size of a baseball, and it was located in her chest cavity.
Thus, Sophie’s journey with cancer began in June, 2012. Since then, she has had 6 rounds of chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor, a stem cell transplant, 12 rounds of radiation, and weeks of immunotherapy treatment.
Sophie’s grandmother, Monica May, moved closer to her family to be able to help with everyday tasks and the care of Sophie. She wanted to do whatever she could to make the treatment process easier on her son and granddaughter. “I wouldn’t trade the last 10 months with Sophie May for anything. It’s meant the world to me to be here and be able to help in any small way possible,” says Monica. “I just wish the reason I was able to be here wasn’t because she had cancer.”
Now 2-years-old, Sophie still has a ways to go before she is done with treatment, but she continues to impress those around her with her amazing strength and positive attitude. When she’s not in treatment, Sophie can be found playing with Disney princesses, singing and dancing, and reciting her letters and numbers.
Stay tuned to learn more about Sophie and her grandmother Monica.