Teen dancer stays optimistic while fighting cancer of the knee - FOX 35 News Orlando

Teen dancer stays optimistic while fighting cancer of the knee

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Emma McDonald is being schooled from a hospital bed at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.  It's not exactly how the 15-year-old dancer expected to spend her sophomore year of high school.

"I do really miss going to school.  I miss seeing everyone and being able to hang out with people," she told us. "It's hard, because I'm a really active person."

In early August, she went to the doctor with a swollen knee that was causing her pain.  She was surprised to learn that she had bone cancer.

"I was just crying.  I couldn't stop myself from crying," she said, worried about her future in dancing.

While doctors nurse her back to health, it's round two of chemotherapy.  She needs 11 weeks of treatment before going through surgery.

"I've been restricted to just walking.  I'm not allowed to dance, not allowed to run," she said.

Surgery is scheduled for November.  Doctors will remove the teen's entire thigh bone and the top of her tibia, replacing it with a Titanium rod.  She will then have a full knee replacement and 29 weeks of chemo.

"I'm trying to stay positive," she said.  "They said I should be able to dance again."


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