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Dakota Anderson

Dakota Anderson

Dakota was born June 26, 2005. She was just a couple of weeks old when I first noticed what I thought were 2 birth marks on her leg. At her 2 month check up I pointed them out to her pediatrician. She seemed a little concerned and measured them and noted them in her file. She called them cafe au lait spots. She told me that we would watch for any more and then told me a big name, that I could later not remember, and said that this could be what the elephant man had. Inside I laughed to myself and thought how could 2 flat brown spots turn into what the elephant man had.

I left her office and didn't think of it again for another month when I noticed she was getting a few more. I then started to think back to the conversation at the doctors office…


My Journal

I cannot believe that it has been almost a year since my last update!  Dakota is now 13 years old and in the 8th grade!  Wish I could say no news is good news but that hasn't all been the case.After getting off chemo Dakota went back to being very healthy and active.  Her 7th-grade year she played all 4 sports.  Volleyball, soccer, basketball, and softball.  At the end of softball season in May of last year, Dakota dislocated and broke her patella when she was stretching right before a game.  It was a pretty extensive injury just from stretching.  She ended up having surgery to fix the broken patella and torn ligaments and then a second surgery after a second dislocation 6 months later.  She was in extensive pain for many many months and is just now getting back to normal.  It has been…