[ mary tipton, 9 ]

I want to introduce you to someone who I admire tremendously. This is Mary Tipton Carter ("MT"). MT is 9 years old and loves the Georgia Bulldogs, rollerblading, swimming, tennis, dancing, and any type of art project. She has two adorable younger sisters and her parents are two of the nicest people you'll ever meet. A little more than 9 months ago, MT's pediatrician sent her to the hospital for abdominal pain, nausea, and fever (suspecting appendicitis or a stomach virus on top of an ear infection she already had.) During an ultrasound of her abdomen to examine MT’s appendix, the technician spotted an abnormality on her ovary.

The ER physician suspected a twisted ovary and assumed it was causing the abdominal pain and vomiting. Mary Tipton had emergency surgery to untwist the ovary, but instead, the surgeon found a mass on her ovary. Pathology confirmed it was Ovarian Dysgerminoma, a rare type of germ cell tumor that is aggressive, but thankfully treatable.

MT began her first round of chemotherapy in March 2015, losing her hair shortly thereafter. She completed her final course of chemo (three total) in May 2015. The photo MT is holding was taken in June, a few weeks after her last treatment. I love how she rocks a giant, beautiful smile in each photo!

Mary Tipton will need scans every 3 months for 3 years, then every 6 months for 2 years. After 5 years of clear scans, she can officially be declared a survivor by our oncology team. MT has had three clear scans since May!

HERO: A person or character who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage, bravery or self-sacrifice for some greater good; a man or woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities.

Mary Tipton, you are MY hero!

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