Chickasha teen shares most cancers journey on TikTok after identified with uncommon kidney tumor
CHICKASHA, Oklahoma (KFOR) – Fifteen-year-old Alexus Campbell loves TikTok, so it’s no surprise she’s sharing her cancer journey with her followers.
“This is a day in the life of someone with stage 3 cancer,” she says to the camera as she holds up her outfit for the day. “These are my clothes and my pills. Some days I feel sick and some days I feel great. “
Alexus once had a full head with thick brown hair, and it should have a chance to grow back next summer. The chemotherapy that led to hair loss was preceded last spring by puzzling, stabbing abdominal pain.
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Her mother, Alisa Tune, recalls, “They thought she had a kidney infection and we did more tests and found it was indeed cancer.” Justin Tune nods: “I was speechless. I had no words for it, couldn’t believe it. “
The diagnosis was startling for this busy family of five children. It took the doctors by surprise too. Wilm’s tumor is a type of kidney cancer that rarely occurs in children over the age of six.
Justin Tune recalls, “When they came in and told us she had cancer, the next day she actually had an operation and the kidney completely removed.”
That happened in May 2021, and now the OU Children’s Hospital and Jimmy Everest Cancer Center are the center of Alexus’ life.
She has weekly treatments or appointments that include chemotherapy and radiation. Her best friend Lindsey is often by her side. Alexus says, “She really helped. We talk about how it feels and how happy we are to be alive. “
Alexus’ mother says, “Everyone at Jimmy Everest Cancer Center has been very helpful. The sisters are amazing. Alexus was very brave throughout the process. “
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Alexus says weakness and exhaustion are often part of it. She sometimes uses a walker and sleeps a lot.
“I just went home and slept 10 to 15 hours. I really have, ”she says during a Tiktok recording.
This large family now cherishes Alexus’ home time playing bingo and corn hole. “We are related as a family and that is the main part,” says Justin Tune. Alexus agrees, “I definitely think it brought us closer. I just take it every day. ”
This teenage girl’s life is interrupted, but she has the promise of full recovery for a full life ahead of her.
If you want to help children like Alexus, consider donating to JECFriends.org.
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