Friday, August 22, 2014
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Go big or go home

This weekend is huge for my fellow swimmers and I; it’s time for the NJ 9/10 and 11/12 state swimming championships. I look forward to this meet every year because this meet is so fun to be at. The longest event I am swimming is the 200 yard freestyle, that’s 8 laps up and down the pool. I am swimming 5 other events and once I get the results, I will put them in my next blog.

Go big or go home

This weekend is huge for my fellow swimmers and I; it’s time for the NJ 9/10 and 11/12 state swimming championships. I look forward to this meet every year because this meet is so fun to be at. The longest event I am swimming is the 200 yard freestyle, that’s 8 laps up and down the pool. I am swimming 5 other events and once I get the results, I will put them in my next blog.

Also I got my report card this week. I got all A’s and first honors at my school for the second time this year. I have to keep my grades up if I want to get into the high school I want to go to. The high school I want to apply to is sort of like a medical prep school. The curriculum there is supposed to be tough, but it is similar to my current curriculum in terms of how hard it is.

This Sunday my dad is participating in a parent panel at the CHOP Cancer Center Family Education Day. This event addresses the emotional and physical challenges associated with a child’s cancer diagnoses. My dad, along with other parents of children who have survived cancer, will share their experiences and answer questions.


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About this blog
Rachel Kovach, 12, is a seventh-grader at Mother Theresa Regional School in Atlantic Highlands, N.J. She lives in Highlands, N.J., near the Sandy Hook national seashore, with her parents, Mari and Kurt Kovach.

Since first grade, Rachel has been swimming with the Monmouth Barracudas, a year-round competitive United States Swimming Club program. She hopes to continue competitive swimming after her cancer treatment; if not, she envisions coaching someday or maybe a career in medicine. Figure skating and jazz dancing have been big parts of her life. One of the things she hates about being in the hospital is missing her dog Cocoa and her many friends.

Rachel's doctors

These are the key physicians overseeing Rachel’s care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia:

Naomi BalamuthNaomi Balamuth, pediatric oncologist, specializes in treating pediatric sarcomas, a subset of solid tumors.

 

 

Richard B. WomerRichard B. Womer, pediatric oncologist, led studies of the latest chemotherapy treatment protocol for Ewing’s sarcoma.

 

 

John P. DormansJohn P. Dormans, M.D., chief of orthopaedic surgery, is an international expert in the surgical treatment of musculoskeletal tumors.

 

Timeline of Rachel Kovach’s Treatment

Dec. 3, 2010: Pain in Rachel's right knee is initially diagnosed as tendinitis.

Jan. 20: An MRI reveals a tumor in right leg.

Jan 24: Rachel sees John Dormans, chief of orthopedic surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Jan. 27: A biopsy confirms Ewing's sarcoma.

February to mid-April: Regimens of chemotherapy alternate every other week. The three-drug regimen is given over two days; the two-drug regimen is given over five days.

May 3: Surgery replaces most of the right femur with a prosthesis.

May 5: A Children's Hospital team will help Rachel get out of bed.

May 10 to September: Alternating regimens of chemotherapy are to resume.

Around May 10: Physical therapy will begin in the hospital and continue for at least several months after Rachel goes home.

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