Megan Kasmar, 15, Survives Two Bouts With Cancer and a Lung Disease
Kasmar was diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer affecting the muscles that develops during the embryonic stage of development, when she was just 11 months old. Although doctors told her parents that she only had a 35 percent chance of survival, Kasmar made it through the illness.
After a year, however, the cancer developed anew in five of her organs, resulting in two years of chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries.
Although the treatments killed the cancer, doctors learned in 2009 that the radiation had led Kasmar to develop pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that leads to progressive scarring of tissue in the lungs. Even after a cold put her in the intensive care unit and nearly killed her, Kasmar continues to keep a smile on her face.
"It is hard, but I'm getting through it. I have a lot of support from my friends and people around me," she told the source. "I tell 'em not to take life for granted. Live every moment to the fullest. Help other people and love. I love love!"
According to the American Cancer Society, there are approximately 350 new cases of rhabdomyosarcoma diagnosed in the United States every year. Roughly 60 percent of people with rhabdomyosarcoma are under the age of 10, and the disease makes up around 3 percent of all childhood cancers. The organization offers support, resources and information to families of children suffering from this form of cancer.