Mama June Shannon’s daughter Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell has shared her pride after attending her eldest child Kaitlyn’s school graduation.
The proud mother took to Facebook on Wednesday to give an insight into her 10-year-old daughter Kaitlyn’s elementary school graduation.
It comes after it was revealed that Anna is currently battling stage four cancer in her liver, kidneys, and lungs after being diagnosed in January with adrenal carcinoma.
Marking her daughter’s graduation, Anna shared snaps of her cuddling Kaitlyn and her younger child Kylee, seven, who she shares with ex-husband Michael Cardwell.
Anna flashed a smile and looked every inch the proud mother as she sat on the steps in front of the graduation podium with her kids and her boyfriend Eldridge Toney.
Pride: Mama June Shannon’s daughter Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell has shared her pride after attending her eldest child Kaitlyn’s school graduation. Also pictured: Her daughter Kylee, 7
She also shared videos of Kaitlyn giving a speech at the graduation, where she spoke about her love of science and the ‘valuable’ life lessons she has learnt at school.
In an accompanying caption, Anna sweetly gushed over how ‘proud’ she is of her two daughters.
She wrote: ‘I am one proud mama right now and I also can’t believe I am going to have a middle schooler and a second grader give me a minute while I go cry my eyes out.
‘I am so proud of my girls and everything they have accomplished.’
Anna welcomed daughter Kaitlyn in 2012 and married her then-boyfriend Michael Cardwell two years later. They called it quits in 2017 and she is now dating Eldridge.
Anna first appeared on TLC’s 2009 series Toddlers and Tiaras alongside her now-teenaged sister Alana and their family.
Anna and her family shot to fame on the hit TLC reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and went on to star on 2017’s spin-off Mama June: From Not to Hot.
The graduation comes just days after Mama June revealed he is moving home to Georgia to care Anna as she battles stage four cancer.
Struggles: It comes after it was revealed that Anna is currently battling stage four cancer in her liver, kidneys, and lungs after being diagnosed in January with adrenal carcinoma
Sweet: Marking her daughter’s graduation, Anna shared snaps of her cuddling Kaitlyn and her younger daughter Kylee, seven, and her boyfriend Eldridge Toney
Pride: In an accompanying caption, Anna gushed about how ‘proud’ she is of her two daughters
June, 43, said she will make the move from Alabama with husband Justin Stroud and also opened up about her repaired relationship with Anna in a chat with The Sun.
She said: ‘I’m in the process of leaving Alabama now, and I’m in the final steps of my legal issues, so we’ll definitely be going back to Georgia.’
The legal issues pertain to June and ex Geno Doak’s 2019 felony drug possession arrest in Alabama. The pair were infamously arrested with crack cocaine outside a gas station.
Shannon’s children had an fractured relationship with her following her public battle with alcohol and cocaine addiction in recent years, but she and Anna have since mended their relationship.
She said: ‘The relationship with Anna was actually working before she found out that she had cancer, It didn’t just all of a sudden miraculously start working, like, [when] Anna had cancer.’
Anna was diagnosed with stage four adrenal carcinoma of the liver, kidney and lung in January, family sources told TMZ at the time.
Adrenocortical carcinoma, also known as adrenal cortical cancer, is a rare disease, affecting an estimated 200 Americans per year, according to the American Cancer Society.
The average age of patients with adrenal cancer is around 46, but it can occur in people of any age, even in children, according to the American Cancer Society.
Anna was initially complaining about a number of ailments including stomach pain before several tests were carried out.
Support: The graduation comes just days after Mama June revealed he is moving home to Georgia to care Anna as she battles stage four cancer
She had her first round of chemotherapy in February and has already lost hair as a result, the family sources said.
Doctors are waiting to see how the treatment affects her before making any further decisions, but her family is ‘very hopeful’ she will overcome the disease.
Adrenocortical carcinomas start in the outer layer of the adrenal glands, which are next to the kidneys. The adrenal glands are small glands producing hormones.
Most growths that form in the adrenal glands are noncancerous.
WHAT IS ADRENAL CARCINOMA?
Adrenal carcinoma is a ‘very rare’ cancer that starts in the outer layer of the adrenal glands.
The adrenal glands produce hormones and are located above the kidneys.
Adrenal carcinoma can cause too many of these hormones to be made, leading to symptoms.
For example, too much cortisol can affect the body’s blood sugar balance.
And excessive amounts of aldosterone can upset water and salt levels, as well as blood pressure.
Adrenal carcinoma’s cause is often unclear. Some people are born with a genetic mutation that puts them at risk.
Symptoms can include:
- Raised blood pressure
- Passing urine more frequently
- Muscle cramps
- Weight gain, particularly in the abdomen
- Muscle wasting of the limbs
- Fat accumulation at the base of the neck
- Swelling of the face
- Mild diabetes
- Abnormal hair growth on the face, arms and upper back
Treatment depends on the size of the tumor and whether it has spread.
Adrenal carcinoma is often fast growing and only diagnosed at a late stage, which makes treatment tricky.
It can include, however, surgery to remove the affected gland, as well as radiotherapy and chemo.
Source: Cancer Research UK