The only thing worse than hearing the words your child has cancer is hearing the words your child’s cancer is back. There was no cure. Through no fault of her own, Jennie’s osteosarcoma had returned before she got her first set of 3-month follow-up scans. It was obvious the standard MAPIE protocol had not worked. At all.
Childhood cancer gives you the highest highs and the absolute lowest lows you have ever experienced. Jennie’s life is over, but her story is not. I promised her I would do everything in my power to make a difference in osteosarcoma. It’s a daunting challenge. Survival rates have not changed for decades. The maximum benefit of chemotherapy for osteosarcoma has been achieved. Now what? It is very frustrating to know there are doctors who have dedicated their whole lives to finding a cure to have their efforts held back because there is no money.