LAWTON, Okla. – An Oklahoma teenager is battling cancer for the third time.
14-year-old Jaden Austin was diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma in 2012, according to KSWO.
She had been in remission for a year, but her family found out in July that the cancer had returned, this time more aggressive than before.
Jaden’s family says she finished nine weeks of radiation treatments in November 2014. Although she didn’t go into remission, her disease was stable.
Unfortunately, in January Jaden and her family found out the cancer has spread to seven other locations.
But the cancer isn’t holding this girl back.
“I knew if I beat it once I could beat it again so nothing really changed,” said Jaden Austin, cancer survivor.
On Saturday, friends and family members came together to celebrate Jaden’s life.
Jaden asked everyone who attended her party to bring a gift for other kids in the hospital so that no one is left out, according to KSWO.
“Every kid needs something to do in the hospital rather than just sit there because then it gets hard and then it really gets emotional,” she said.
She says it’s important for her to help others because others have helped her in the past.
“For me to do this it means a lot. You know giving back. I had people donate so much to me. So this means I am giving back,” she said.
Jaden just has a few things she wishes for on this day of celebration.
“That I live and that I have a full life and that I wake up one day and that it is just gone. That I wake up and I have no more pain or I go home,” she said.
Last week, Jaden told her family that she doesn’t want to continue receiving chemo therapy treatments.
“Jaden is the only one that knows what her body is telling her and her body is telling her that she is getting sick for nothing. That chemo is not working,” said Marcel Austin, Jaden’s Father.
The family has an appointment to talk with the doctor about her other treatment options.