Wednesday we told you the story of Kevin Govero, a man who is overcoming a rare form of cancer.
Playing the piano in her home is something Hannah hasn't been able to do in a long time. She and her mom just got back from a 13 month stay at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis. "She was getting ready for a dance recital and I noticed a lump," her mother says. "Other than that we had no indication." They soon found out, the lump was cancerous. She had Ewing sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Hannah's lump was bigger than a grapefruit. It was in her left rib cage and as the tumor grew, it pushed her ribs out and her heart aside. "In her case since the tumor was sizeable they did radiation to shrink the tumor to a size it could be removed more easily," her mom says. "They said I was going to go through chemo, radiation, and surgery," Hannah says.
Now Hannah wants to give back to the people who helped her, participating in fund raisers for the hospital. She drew a picture for St. Jude's 2003 calendar. "You just meet so many people there who are your friends," Hannah says. Friends who are like Hannah, out of the hospital and getting back to life. "She's cancer free. We take everyday as a blessing and a gift from God," her mom says.
Hannah has blood tests done twice a week and she's on an antibiotic. She goes back to St. Jude for her final scans on Monday, but right now everything looks good.