Shalmoné Lubbe (15yr.) is an active teenager and dancer from Johannesburg. Late November 2019 she started complaining about a pain in her right lower leg, with increasing severity. It was initially thought to be a sporting injury, but did not improve with analgesia. She consulted a local GP who performed an x-ray of her lower leg and subsequently an MRI. This confirmed a suspicious bony lesion and therefore she was referred to Dr Richard Kyte (Orthopaedics) at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre.
She was admitted to the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre on the 21st of January 2020, where she underwent imaging and surgical biopsy of the lesion. Histology of the surrounding soft tissue has confirmed the diagnosis of an Osteogenic Sarcoma – a cancerous type of bone tumour.
An operation to remove the tumor was done on 28 January 2020, and it was expected to last between 4 and 6 hours. Not even an hour in, Linn-Meri (Shalmoné `s mother), received a call from the surgeon who wanted the tissue to be tested as the tumor looked different inside to what the scans showed. They had to close her up.
The test-results came back and Shalmoné was diagnosed on the 30th of January 2020 with Osteosarcoma in her right tibia; it is unclear which stage.
She started her first cycle of chemotherapy on 10/02/2020. At the moment she is busy with Phase 2, Round 2. In total she will receive 30 weeks of chemo, might be more. She needs a 2nd surgery after phase 3 of chemo. She is not allowed to weight bear on her right leg as it has become very weak and is susceptible to fracturing.
Supporting Arms of Mercy`s bracelet initiative is way to get involved and make a positive difference in Shalmoné`s life. Together we can change her world, one bracelet at a time!
Update 18 May 2020: Shalmoné had an operation which was a great success; they removed the whole tumor, and roughly 12cm of bone was removed and replaced. Once she has rested and recovered (-+ 2 weeks) she will continue with chemo to kill any remaining cancer cells in her body. She has 4 cycles remaining (20 weeks).
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Fundraising for Shalmoné Lubbe
Daisy Daisy Bracelets for Shalmoné; consisting of light yellow, light pink and light grey wooden beads with crystals – and a Daisy, Joy & Cross, or Butterfly charm. To place an order, contact the agent in your area or shop online. Alternatively, please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome.
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