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Anna’s Journey

Anna Lowman had her first challenge with cancer at the tender age of two. She was diagnosed as stage 4, terminal cancer, due to Wilms Tumor. She underwent surgery to remove one of her kidneys and then underwent chemotherapy and radiation till age 4.  

But through the power of prayer and skilled doctors at Children’s Hospital, she beat it! At age 17 she came out of remission under the care of Johns Hopkins-Pediatric Oncology Center.

In 1993, at the age of 19, doctors discovered a non-malignant neurofibroma tumor on her spinal column.She was again in the care of Johns Hopkins and underwent genetic testing for the causes of these tumors.

Then again in 2019, shortly after moving from the Pittsburgh area to Mount Wolf and starting a new job as an Addictions Counselor, she got really sick and was diagnosed with septic shock. 

The doctors at York Hospital were overly concerned at her kidney function and sent her immediately to Hershey for further testing. She was told a few days later that it was a tumor on her kidney and most likely malignant. 

She went back to Johns Hopkins and they began to work with her, and she and her entire support system at home that stormed heaven. The prayers worked. 

She went back to Johns Hopkins for a biopsy, but when the doctors looked at the MRI, the tumor was gone. They literally walked in and said, “Anna, we don’t know what to do here because the tumor that was once there last month is no longer there. How would you like us to proceed?”

So she grabbed her purse and her boyfriend’s hand and went out to lunch!!!

In February of this year, Anna went for a breast exam, and wouldn’t luck have it that they found something!  The doctors at WellSpan and Cancer Care at Apple Hill executed a lumpectomy in early March, right before the COVID-19 shut down, but when the lab results came back, the edges weren’t clear, so Anna underwent a complete mastectomy the following week followed by chemotherapy.

Through God’s graces, both upon Anna and her loved ones, as well as the love He gave through her amazing medical team, they told her that everything was clear.  The surgeons removed 4 lymph nodes on her left side to be safe, and they were clear, too. Her genetic testing came back 100% clean, and on top of all of that, she stood proud with her short little hairdo the entire time! She rocked it! She kicked cancer right into the net!  

Anna is scheduled to have a mastectomy on her right side and to begin reconstruction on October 2nd.

Anna knows what she has been through has not been easy, but her faith and her love for God have carried her through a lifetime of suffering, only to come out on top each time!!! She knows the meaning of the saying, “There is nothing that God puts in front of you that you cannot handle.”

She is amazingly humbled by support from the friends and families of York Youth Soccer League and
the "Kickin' It For Anna" Event in her honor.  Fight for a CURE!

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