A young girl from Utah is one of the youngest people in the world to ever be diagnosed with breast cancer and she is now inspiring people with her story.
When Chrissy Turner was only 8-years-old she told her parents about a lump she had found under her right nipple that was painful to touch.
"It was about the middle of October she came to us with a lump on her chest and was scared," her father Troy told ABC4 Utah News.
By November of 2015, the doctors diagnosed the young girl with secretory breast carcinoma, a rare type of cancer that only affects one in a million.
Her father, Troy Turner, a survivor of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, didn't know how to tell his daughter.
“How do you tell your kid that she has cancer?” he asked.
Troy continues to battle his cancer which created a double nightmare for the family.
"All the while, medical bills are continuing to pile up, forcing them to file bankruptcy in July 2013, but even after bankruptcy, bills continue to flow," Annette said.
Almost 2 years after a mastectomy, Chrissy who is now 10-years-old, is doing well.
“Even at first, after her initial shock, Chrissy showed an overwhelmingly positive attitude and strength to overcome her situation and return to enjoying life,” her father said. “She truly has a spirit beyond her age, and her positive attitude and strength are radiated to those around her. She inspires me every day.”
Since the removal of her right breast, Chrissy has been seen for a breast scan every three months and will likely undergo reconstructive surgery when she's 15 or 16-years-old.
“About a month ago, we had our first meeting with a plastic surgeon, just so she’ll know what her options are,” says her mother Annette Turner. “She’s barely starting to develop on her left side, so we have some time.They just want her to be prepared for it.”
Thanks to this surgery Chrissy was able to avoid radiation therapy, which can cause a number of side effects.
When the young girl came out of surgery she was given a bear named Andy, who was dressed up in doctor's scrubs with a bandage on its chest.