WICHITA, Kansas – For one local family getting help with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, if it wasn’t for work that happens right in Wichita, their lives would be very different.
“Bella goes to Memphis every three months and then she gets weekly chemo here,” said her father Josh Bush. “Here” is under the care of Dr. David Rosen, the only pediatric oncologist between Kansas City and Denver. “As you can tell, she’s healthy, doing great, has great strength; so we’re just hoping and praying that the chemotherapy’s working and shrinking her tumor,” said Bush.
Bella was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that affects her optic nerve at a very young age, but this surprising story is one of the strength of a 5-year-old girl, one who actively participates in her treatment–even going so far as injecting her own chemotherapy.
“We help her interact and give her chemo and let her do as much as we can to make her a part of it,” said Kim Rosen. “After all, it’s her port, it’s her chemo–so the kids tend to do better if we make them responsible for it and a big part of the treatment.” It’s not out of the ordinary for the office, decked out in toys and with nurses and doctors in casual clothes to help children feel at ease, like they can trust what’s happening around them.
For the Bush family, it’s just one more thing to be grateful for in the journey to wellness for Bella. “She’s doing great. She’s a good example, the family is a good example of how kids do and what they can put up with as long as we develop good relationships with them,” said Dr. David Rosen.