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Eye on Health: Young Chemotherapy

Eye on Health: Young Chemotherapy

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Chemotherapy treatments are hard on anyone who needs them.

And it's even more heart-wrenching when a child has to suffer through it.

Carla Burbidge has the story in this week's Eye on Health.

Giawndra Martell recently turned seven years old.

At this young age, her life and that of her grandparents Tim and Gail Krause, revolve around trips to get chemotherapy.

(Tim Krause, Grandfather) "It's something all the time, she is the center of our world."

Sitting in an adult-sized chair at the Trinity Cancer Center, this first grader at the Dunseith Day School gets ready for her weekly infusion of drugs.

Giawndra has a port which was surgically implanted under her skin so that the nurse can easily hook up the treatments.

Giawndra does not have cancer, but rather a genetic disease that doctors discovered not long after her birth.

She has several inoperable tumors, that left untreated, could cause some terrible problems.

(Gail Krause, Grandmother) "She has one on her tongue, in her check and on her corroded artery."

For the past year, Gail and Tim have been driving their granddaughter to treatments both in Fargo and Minot.

The chemo has not worked so far, the tumors are still in her body and have not shrunk, but at least they haven't grown.

(Gail Krause, Grandmother) "She is getting tired of this, we have been doing this a long time."

Her grandparents say it will be a long road yet.

Doctors can not attempt radiation on a growing child until she turns 11.

But they see the good in all this too.

(Tim Krause, Grandfather) "The people here at the cancer center are so nice, its good to see."

Despite her treatments, Giawndra is going to school and trying to live the active life of a little girl.

She has challenges that no child should have to deal with.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Giawndra and her family.

For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge.

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