My name is Zhyria Currie. I’m eleven years old and I’m a seventh grader at Thomas County Middle School. I have a large family and many close friends that I love to spend time with. My favorite things to do are make slime, watch videos on my cell phone, and swinging in the porch swing. I love all things supernatural, such as, vampires and werewolves. But most of all, I love to eat. I’m a very enthusiastic person, I love to laugh, tell jokes, and pull pranks.
I started experiencing sudden knee pain with no apparent cause. On May 21st, I had a routine check-up with my pediatrician for my knee pain. I was checked out and sent to get an X-ray. After we left the pediatrician’s office, I returned to a normal day of school. After school, we went back to the office to learn the results of the X-ray. The pediatrician said there was a mass in my femur and that I would have to see a specialist in Atlanta. On May 22nd, I went to the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Scottish Rite for an MRI; on May 25th, I then had a biopsy. The doctor told me I had Osteosarcoma (bone cancer). After my diagnosis, I had more tests. On June 1, 2018 my Oncologist informed us that the results of my PET and CT scan showed that the cancer had spread to more places in my leg, and was in areas of my lungs and near my spine. I have Metastatic Osteosarcoma. On June 8th I started my first chemotherapy treatment. My treatments are every twenty one days. However, in between treatments I sometimes need blood transfusions or antibiotics. My life since the diagnosis has changed so much, I’m either in the hospital or home in bed. I miss going to school and I miss my friends. I miss being able to walk. On September 11th, 2018. I had a total hip replacement, total femur replacement, and total knee replacement. I will always walk with a limp after the surgery but I just thank God that I will walk again.