Janet is a bright, active 16 year old with lots of
interests. She's been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma of the
knee and is currently under going chemo therapy.
Osteosarcoma is the most aggressive and progressive form
of cancer that exists. Because of that, treatment is also
very aggressive. All chemo therapy is done as an inpatient
taking multiple days. After only one treatment Janet lost
her hair. The current plan and hope is to reduce the size
of the cancer and slow it's growth enough to do a knee
replacement. Treatment and rehab will continue long after
the replacement. Though the treatment is long and
difficult everything will be done to save the knee, hoping
to ward off amputation.
Janet has been an exceptional student (number 1 in her
class of 800+ students), and will be continuing her senior
year in high school from her hospital bed/home schooling.
She's been very physically active, running track and
playing soccer. She's ranked 11th Nationally as a 400
meter sprinter and hurdler.
Like most 16 year kids, she loves to go to movies, listen
to music and spend time "hanging out" with her friends.
She has a sarcastic wit and finds humor in life, even
posing for fun pictures once she lost her hair.
She's very social conscious and gets involved in causes,
such as Aids awareness, endangered species, and
anti-poverty. Her favorite colors are Lime Green and dark
turquoise. She has a pet rabbit as well. She could be a
poster child for "clean living", being anti drugs, and
alcohol. She rarely even eats junk food and so finds it a
bit ironic that SHE has this illness.
Janet's goal...when she grows up...is to be an Orthopedic