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Optimistic Mom of 4-YO Twin Daughters Battling Same Rare Eye Cancer Shares Her Journey | “Full of Hope for Them”
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Optimistic Mom of 4-YO Twin Daughters Battling Same Rare Eye Cancer Shares Her Journey | “Full of Hope for Them”

“I’m just trying really to do something with it to help others be aware that childhood cancer does exist,” Maryann Oakley shared.

Cover Image Source: Instagram | Maryann Oakley
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Eve Oakley was only 10 days old when she went through an emergency surgery, a medical crisis, and a six-month hospital stay. A physician examined Eve's eyes and found malignancies there. Retinal cancer called retinoblastoma was the cause of their diagnosis. Eve's twin Ella received the same cancer diagnosis a few days later. The Oakley family has encountered many difficulties as the twins, who are now 4 years old, continue to battle cancer on and off, but they want to spread awareness and inspire others. “I live a life full of hope for them, and I live a life (knowing) tomorrow isn’t promised,” their mom Maryann Oakley, 43, of Marysville, Pennsylvania, told TODAY

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Maryann Oakley's husband and she were shocked to find she was expecting fraternal twins while she was pregnant. When both twins eventually formed, the pregnancy appeared to be healthy after it initially appeared that just one would survive. Oakley underwent a cesarean delivery when she was 37 weeks pregnant with the girls. Eve began acting strangely around New Year's Eve 2017, which was only 10 days after the girls were born. “She was not eating, and she was just screaming,” her mom recalled. The tests revealed the origin of her symptoms—a twisted bowel. Her colon was partially removed by doctors, who also made an ostomy, a bodily hole that permits excrement to exit and into an external bag. Eve had a cardiac arrest when she was getting well.