Updated Sad Honey Boo Boo News

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Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, the oldest child of “Mama June” Shannon, and the older sister of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Efird, and Jessica ‘Chubbs’ Shannon, has been diagnosed with stage 4 adrenal carcinoma. Since her diagnosis, she has endured four rounds of chemotherapy treatments and lost all of her hair.

Mama June and Anna’s sisters sat down for an interview with Entertainment Tonight, where they talked about Anna’s treatment, diagnosis, and how they are all dealing with the reality of her diagnosis. Mama June described her feelings about her daughter’s medical situation to be like a “rollercoaster.” She and her daughters are choosing to remain hopeful and hoping for a cure in the near future, but they are also facing the reality that Anna’s cancer is “terminal.”

Anna did not join her family for the interview, so her family answered questions about her health on her behalf. As far as the chemo treatments, it seems that she has handled them extremely well. She’s coping much better than her family expected. The treatments haven’t made her feel nearly as bad as they thought they would. While she sometimes feels very tired after going to places like Walmart or running errands, she is able to drive her kids to and from places and go about her daily life relatively normally. According to her family, she can “bounce back” from the chemo treatments pretty quickly.


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While it’s good news that Anna’s treatments haven’t made her feel horrible, the bad news is that, according to Mama June, the “cancer is very aggressive.” She explained, “It grew from nothing to something huge on the left side of her body really fast.” The hardest part of all of this for Anna and her family is “not knowing what’s going to happen next.”

Anna’s family also discussed how Anna’s two children are coping with their mother’s health battle. Her daughters Kaitlyn, who is 10, and Kylee, who is 7, both understand that their mother is sick, but they don’t completely understand what it all means.

Watch the full interview below to hear more about Anna’s battle with stage 4 cancer and how she and her family are handling it.