8-year-old Utah girl to have mastectomy due to rare cancer

(KUTV/CNN) — A third grader in Utah is preparing to undergo a mastectomy on Monday.

Chrissy Turner is eight years old and was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of breast cancer two weeks ago.

She found a lump on the right side of her chest in October. It wasn’t going away but she was afraid to talk to their parents until “I convinced myself to tell them.”

But this isn’t the first time her family has faced life-threatening illness. Her mom Annette had been diagnosed with a rare form a cervical cancer in 2000, and her dad Troy is still fighting his own battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphona that’s in its third stage.

It was 2008 when Chrissy’s dad found a lump in his armpit, and that’s why when Chrissy said she had a lump, they wasted no time.

Her doctors had good news at first, but it was short-lived. It’s now been diagnosed as a slow-moving and very rare breast cancer.

“You just think I’m going to lose my baby,” said Annette. “This is my child, this is my baby.”

“As hard as it was to tell my kids that I had it,” Troy said. “It was 100 times harder to tell her that she had it.”

Chrissy is ready to take on this one-in-a-million battle.

“The doctor said I would have to stay overnight for a few days.”

Chrissy will need some rest and that’s why she’s getting ready for Christmas with her big sister this day.

Her Christmas wish list is short. “Knowing the surgery is over and that I will heal and get back to my normal self.”

Chrissy’s cancer has a high rate of recurrence, so after the surgery, doctors will be checking with her at least every three months.

Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City will also study the genetics of her family to see if any of their cancers are related.

Meanwhile, friends have started a GoFundMe page to help with treatments.

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