Lula Beth Bowden used 6 simple words to share with the news that her parents had been longing to hear.
"It came. We fought. I won."
Lula's mother is a photographer and documented the special occasion, but I'm going to start at the beginning of her story before showing you the photoshoot.
Our world has been rocked upside down. My perfect Lula Beth is currently being seen at Primary Children’s. She has been so sick, up and down since the beginning of March. We went to multiple doctors and just weren’t satisfied with the diagnosis’ and answers/medicine we were getting that seemed to not be solving anything. We knew it was something more. We ended up taking her to the ER, where they did multiple tests. They were able to find a huge tumor growing on her kidney.
Lula was eventually diagnosed with what is known as a 'Wilms' Tumor'. It is a type of pediatric cancer that takes place in the kidney. The tumor inside her was almost football-sized and she required surgery to remove it, along with the entire kidney. The surgery lasted 5 hours. Lula then began treatment which included 13 rounds of chemotherapy in the span of 22 weeks.
When their family was warned about hair loss due to chemo, Kristin did her best to prepare her daughter for the inevitability. She explained that she might have to shave Lula Beth’s head, just like she does for her big brother’s buzzcut.
“To my surprise, her reply was, ‘Let’s do it right now!'” Kristin said. “That’s my girl! 3 years old, not afraid of anything, and ready to tackle on any task and with such grace.”
By the end of May, Lula Beth had completed her weekly chemotherapy treatments — and had her first clean scan!
To celebrate the happy ending to her journey on Aug. 28, her mom staged a photoshoot.
"I have tried to document this season in our lives so we could look back on it forever," she said. "It's been a very emotional time for us."
"2020 is going to be a year we remember forever,"
. "It will be known as the year that changed our lives completely. I will never believe again that, “oh that won’t happen to me!” Because it can. No one has a free pass in this life. We are all given trials, we are all tested & we all learn things in our own way. This year has definitely done all of those. It has pushed us to our limits, tested our patience & has somehow shown us all of the blessings— even through the ugly. My heart is forever changed. My eyes are wide open. My faith has grew by leaps and bounds. And I know without a doubt that my family is strong enough to get through whatever we are faced with. I am grateful for this year even through the struggles, it has given me strength, hope + understanding."
"She is my hero. She has graciously gotten us through her hard battle," wrote her mother.
That brings us back to where we started, little Lula's celebratory photoshoot. "It came. We fought. I won." Lula is officially cancer-free.