Janique Venter

Blissful Bracelets for Janique Venter – Neuroblastoma Cancer

Janique`s Story

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 her it was decided she 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 now 9 months old and 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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The Blissful Bracelets for Janique cost R30 each; consisting of light grey, white and mint green wooden beads – with a cross, “I love God”, or musical note charm. To place an order, contact the agent in your area or shop online. Alternatively, please consider making a donation. Any and all donations welcome.

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