Janique Venter was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Cancer at the very young age of 6 months.
A short while after Janique’s 14-week injection she broke out in small little bumps on her chin. By the next morning, her whole body was covered, and she was taken to the doctor who then proceeded to put her on treatment for Measles for a week.
The following week a bump was discovered on the right side of her neck, just under the ear. It was small, round and hard, and so she was back at the doctor again the next day. This time he said it`s Mumps, but the bump grew bigger. Sometimes it moved up and down, and also grew larger and smaller at times. Janique was on treatment and medication for longer than 2 months, yet, the “mumps” just wouldn`t go away. This was the point where it was decided that she should see a Pediatrician as she was simply not getting healthier.
The Pediatrician did a check-up on Janique, but she also didn`t know what it is, or what caused it. She drew some blood from the other side of her neck, and also prescribed a course of medication to treat the Bronchitis that Janique had at the time.
She referred them to Rosepark the following day for X-Rays, a Sonar, and more blood tests. The results came back, but they couldn`t see clearly on the X-rays or the Sonar. They were then referred to a Chirurg at Universitas` Netcare. It was suggested that Janique go for a biopsy, but the biopsy was postponed with a week due to her Bronchitis.
The real turning point came one morning during nappy change. Janique turned blue, her body turned stiff, and her eyes were rolling back in her head. She received prompt CPR at home and snapped back to consciousness. The reason why she stopped breathing was due to the bump that`s pushing against her windpipe.
Little Janique finally went for the Biopsy, but was referred to the Cancer department as they still did not know 100% what was the matter. More X-rays, Sonar and blood tests followed the next day… after that, it was the CT scan that showed Neuroblastoma Cancer.
Further tests were done to determine if the Cancer has spread to the bone/bone-marrow or kidneys, which came back NEGATIVE. The doctors wanted to operate immediately, but according to the CT Scan, the bump was too large and causing too much pressure against the air-pipe. They did not want to take chances.
Janique is currently receiving 3 days chemo, every 3 weeks. Thereafter, she will have another CT scan. If the bump is not smaller, she will have to endure 4 more sets of chemotherapy. If it is smaller, they will operate.
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Update 29/02/2020: Dr. Loveland (from Jhb) will no longer operate at all, the risk is still too great. Dr. Jan (Bfn) will start a new combination of chemo for Janique this coming Tuesday. However, she will also receive the treatment at home (each day a pill orally and once a month at the hospital). Janique’s Hickman line is being removed due to the fact that she will not need it again in the future. We would like to ask that everyone will continue to dedicate her in prayer. – via Facebook
Update 13/08/2020: Janique’s scan results came, and her tumor is 20% larger; urgent help and prayers needed. Click here for the full update.
Fundraising for Janique Venter
God’s Princess Bracelets; consisting of black wooden beads with crystals – and a Diamanté Heart charm or a plain bracelet.
Blissful Bracelets for Janique; consisting of light grey, white and mint green wooden beads – with a cross, I love God, or musical note charm.
Limited Edition Picture Perfect Bracelets for Janique; consisting of white & silver wooden and crystal beads – with a Glitter ball or Diamante Butterfly charm.