Stories about: Boston Children’s Hospital’s Bone Program

Turning a cancer diagnosis into a chance to help others

Virginia (photo credit Catherine Morris)

Virginia-Finigan Carter has a knack for turning things around.

At 13 years old, she fought through leg pain while preparing for a state gymnastics competition. “I felt a pain in my knee, but I didn’t tell my mother until afterwards because I wanted to compete,” says Virginia.

What she didn’t realize at the time was that her strength and perseverance through the pain would serve her well over the next few years, for a completely different reason.

After explaining the pain during a doctor’s visit, her primary care provider referred her to a local hospital to make sure nothing was torn. While her MRI scan didn’t show a tear, it indicated that Virginia had a cancerous bone tumor called osteosarcoma.

She was quickly referred to Megan Anderson, MD, attending orthopedic surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Bone Program, who understood that Virginia wanted to focus on what she could do, rather than what she couldn’t do.

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