Husband and wife, Troy Turner and Annette Turner, both suffered and survived cancers of their own but their story does not end there as they will have to face a more difficult time of their life.
Their 8-year-old daughter Chrissy was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer that turned the lives of this strong couple. The family lives in Centerville, Utah. At a young age, she is already scheduled to undergo mastectomy at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Chrissy was diagnosed of having secretory carcinoma. This is a very rare subtype of breast cancer which is only diagnosed in about one in one million people.
Sadly, her doctor said that Chrissy is the youngest they’ve ever seen with the disease. The first noticeable symptom was when a lump formed on her breasts that initially appeared in October.
Chrissy said in an interview that, “I was scared the first time that I knew about it.”
“But I knew – I knew that I could fight it off, and I hope that I can fight it off,” she continued.
Chrissy’s parents, Troy who was a Desert storm veteran working at Hill Air Force Base and Annette was a holistic life coach and personal trainer, who both diagnosed and beat with different types of cancer. Annette had cervical cancer while Troy had Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Their diagnosis happened when Chrissy was still a baby, and she became the couple’s therapy as they had to undergo chemotherapy.
Annette said that, “She was always making us laugh and she’s got the wit of someone far beyond her age.”
No matter what happens, the couple will stay strong and fight the disease for their daughter’s own battle.
“We’re just going to keep fighting and doing everything we can to smile every day and laugh every day and carry our head high and do our best to overcome this,” Annette said.
The couple are hoping all the best things for their daughter’s surgery and prays that she will be eventually cancer-free like they are now.