Molly Hughes was diagnosed with stage four cancer. She is now in remission. The news of her victory over cancer was announced through a cute photoshoot
Cancer has become one of the most common diseases in the world. The worst thing about the disease is that sometimes, people do not find out that they are suffering from the disease until it has reached the third or the last stage. The disease does not discriminate. It affects the elderly to even newborns. The cause for cancer is not always known and there are some patients who fail to beat the disease. Recently, a toddler from Kentucky was diagnosed with stage four cancer who managed to beat the deadly disease. The 21-month-old girl is now in remission. Molly Hughes was diagnosed with cancer when she was just five months old. The announcement of her victory over the deadly disease was made through an adorable photoshoot that was shared by her parents. The girl is said to be on her way to a full recovery.
When she was just five months old, Molly Hughes was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that typically occurs in the adrenal glands on top of the kidneys. Although the cancer is found on the adrenal glands, it can easily spread to other areas. The little girl was treated in St. Jude Children's Hospital. Neuroblastoma accounts for 50 percent of all cancers in infants. Apparently, most children suffering from this type of cancer are diagnosed before the age of five.
The toddler spent around 150 nights in the hospital. She went through a grueling 15 months fighting off cancer. The treatment process took over a year but at the end of it, Molly Hughes proved that she was one tough cookie! During the 15 months, Molly had to undergo chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and other intensive procedures. As reported by WBKO after Molly's last chemotherapy session in January earlier this year, the doctors informed the parents that their daughter was finally cured.
The doctors told the parents that Molly was finally in remission. "She is doing really good, you can’t even tell she was ever sick," mom Chelsea Hughes told PEOPLE. "She’s playing and is wild just like any other 1 year old."
The family from Bowling Green, Kentucky celebrated the good news by having a photoshoot with Molly who held the announcement with a sign. "OH HAPPY DAY!" Hughes wrote in a Facebook post last month that included Molly’s picture. "Molly has some BIG news to share! Her scans were clear & showed no evidence of disease!! There is NO active cancer left in her little body!"
"She would just bounce back after every treatment. I mean she would knock her down for few days and then she would be at playing again," Hughes said in an interview with WFLA. Molly's family and friends rallied around her and started to spread the word through #MollyStrong. People across the country prayed for the toddler as she fought the deadly disease. Now, they are celebrating the good news. "Just like, I fell to the ground after I got off the phone and I just hugged her for like five minutes,” said Hughes.
According to Hughes, the healing power of prayer helped Molly get through this trying battle. "I believe that's what helped her get through all this. With all the prayers she's heard and which I can't thank everyone enough for." Now, Molly is able to do everything that she loves and live happily again. Although she has beaten cancer and most of the scary surgeries and procedures are done with, Molly still has to undergo treatment. Further treatment is necessary to ensure that the cancer does not come back.
Wow I bet a very tough time for the parents and little one but so so so awesome she is doing well now! Love her sweet little face 🥰— Tweetymctweetface (@Tweetymctweet11) April 10, 2019
"Neuroblastoma has a high risk of relapse, so she started a trial drug yesterday that helps prevent relapse, and she will take this for two years and will have scans every three months,” Hughes revealed to PEOPLE. "A lot of people have been saying she’s 'cancer free' but she’s not technically cancer free for five years, but she is in remission and her scans showed no evidence of disease.” The family is looking forward to the day when Molly is completely cancer-free.
"When Molly was first diagnosed, hearing other encouraging stories helped give us hope, so I just hope that others who hear her story can find hope and strength. It is a long and hard journey but staying hopeful and faithful will help you get through. You have to take it day by day, and know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel," she said.