Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell — the eldest daughter in the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo bunch — has reportedly been diagnosed with stage four cancer. The former reality star is 28 years old.
According to TMZ, Cardwell was diagnosed with stage four adrenal carcinoma back in January after complaining about stomachaches. The cancer was allegedly found in her liver, kidney and lung.
The outlet further reports that she began her first round of chemotherapy last month and has since lost her hair.
A source revealed that her family is “very hopeful” that she’ll recover.
Cardwell is the first-born to Mama June Shannon and the half-sister of Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Efird and Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson. She is also the mother to 10-year-old daughter Kaitlyn and seven-year-old daughter Kylee.
Just a couple of years ago, she opened up about her fertility struggles while trying to get pregnant with her third child with her boyfriend Eldridge Toney.
“We are trying to have a third child, and it’s been difficult. I’ve gone through four miscarriages and a D&C,” Cardwell told The Sun, referring to a dilation and curettage procedure. “I don’t make enough progesterone. I don’t have enough in my system, so it keeps the baby from getting enough nutrition.”
She added, “We know what’s going on now, and we are taking the right precautions to take care of it and make sure it stays alive and everything like that.”
Cardwell found herself fully estranged from her mother back in 2014 after it was reported that Shannon had rekindled her romance with a convicted sex offender, who went to jail for molesting Cardwell when she was eight years old. The news also led to TLC canceling Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after four seasons.
Around the same time, Cardwell — then 20 years old — told Dr. Phil that her mother “doesn’t have the ability to tell the truth.”
However, the two seem to have since repaired their relationship as Cardwell was present at Shannon’s Florida wedding to Justin Stroud last month.
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