Mount Pleasant Magazine Sept-Oct 2023

43 | | cared for her sister during her affliction as well. Every family member’s faith was strengthened by this trial. Elaina is a fighter and she helped put things into perspective. When asked what things she would tell a family experiencing childhood cancer, Stacey said, “As parents, you learn more than you ever thought you’d need to about your child’s treatment, medications and how to manage the side effects. Moms become ‘Momcologists,’ a title I took very seriously because the more I knew, the better I was able to care for Elaina.” She also noted that MUSC has one of the best pediatric oncology departments in the country and a staff that is committed to the comfort and care of every child. Elaina is currently in remission and looking forward to the great moments that lay ahead! For those who have or are experiencing childhood cancer, you are not alone, and you don’t have to face it alone. Anca Dumitriu of MUSC’s FACT survivorship clinic said that pediatric cancer is rare, and they take a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment. This clinic serves children from birth to 20 years old and follows up until age 30. “Our team is composed of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses that are specialized in taking care of patients with cancer, a dedicated pharmacist, a dedicated nutritionist, dedicated psychologist, child life specialist, social worker, nurse case manager, outpatient coordinators,” Dumitriu said. “Each person is committed to learning more and working to eradicate this terrible disease.” our town Elaina McLoughlin (right-center) and family. FREE Initial Physical Exam for New Clients Coupon must be present at time of service. Monday-Friday 8am-6pm Saturday 8am-1pm Follow Us! (843) 884-9838 3373 S. Morgans Point Rd., Ste. 301 Mt. Pleasant, SC NOW HIRING