Our Daughter Has a Tumor

About a week after our beautiful baby Anabel was born, we noticed a small dot on her left hand. Shortly afterwards, another, smaller dot appeared above her left eye. Both of these began to grow at a fairly rapid pace.


We asked her doctor about these and we were told not to worry. These “dots” are known as Strawberry Hemangiomas. We were told that though the markings will worsen before improving, they disappear without treatment on nearly all children that have them after around 5-10 years.

These hemangiomas, we found, are the most common of tumors in infants. They are benign and, as the doctor said, usually resolve themselves. But, what the doctors did become concerned about, particularly at Anabel’s 2 month checkup, is that the tumor above her left eye has grown so much it has hindered her from opening her eye all the way.

We were sent to an eye-specialist in Atlanta, who just followed up on her today. Since the growth is weighing on her eye and is swelling (mostly under the skin), it could cause her to lose vision in that eye. She may have to have corrective eyewear soon in life, but we will start treatment this week to try to reduce or remove the hemangioma. This should save her eye.

Treatment used to consist of injecting steroids directly into the affected area or laser surgery. Amazingly, there has been a new development with treatment that was found accidentally. The blood-pressure medication Propranolol was found to be extremely effective when given to infants early on in the development of the hemangioma tumor. Anabel will have to be monitored (since the medication can slow down the heart), may spend 48 hours in the hospital, and she will need to be on this for a year before they wean her off of it.

We pray that this treatment will work, but more than anything, we pray that God will be supremely glorified through whatever happens.

Thank you for your prayers. We know that the Lord is good.


About Aaron

I am a born again child of God, a servant of Christ and seeker of His glory! I'm happily married to my wonderful wife, Aubrie, and we have four precious daughters. God has graciously allowed us to serve as missionaries in Colombia, South America since 2011, and minister among Latin Americans since 2004. Follow our story at www.bemagnified.org

Posted on August 14, 2012, in Family, News, Prayer Requests and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. So sorry to hear this! We will be lifting sweet Anabel up in prayer. Love you guys!

  2. Yes. Cathy and I are praying!

  3. I am concern about her now! I sure hope it will be alright too!!

    We are on your side now!!

  4. Thanks for the thorough update, Aaron. We are praying for you guys and sweet Anabel!.

  5. So sorry to hear this. I’ve worked with cancer patients for several years, so if I can help in any way let me know. I’m praying for your little girl & especially for y’all.

  6. Praying for sweet Anabel and you all as well!

  7. Alexander Spear

    We certainly wll be praying for her. Sara has one of those on top of her head, so we know exactly what it is you are talking about. We look forward to hearing how God has answered your prayers again in this matter! I know he will!

  8. Oh dear Vance family YOU ARE LOVED!!!!! There are so MANY people praying for you all that you never know about! We are praying the healing hand of JESUS will be upon Anabel so you expect a MIRACLE! What a blessing she will grow up to be for the Lord! What an inspiration and encouragement you are to us all! Thank you for your service! Love and blessings,

  9. Paulette & Frank Whitmire

    We love you and will be praying for Anabel. I know God has a plan for her and He will be in charge of all her treatments. Keep the Faith!! Love you Frank & Paulette

  10. Hello,im not sure you will read this,but my daughter also has a hemangioma.hers is under her eye and last week we went to the hospital to discuss what could be done.i was alpo told about the blood pressure medication.i was just wondering how long after treatment it was before you saw an improvment and how anabell was with the treatment

    • Hi Mrs. Lockwood. We know exactly how you feel as that sounds very similar to what took place with our daughter. She did amazing with the treatment, and amazingly with no side effects that we noticed. We began to see a difference after just a week or two, and especially after a month. She is no longer on the medication. Hope that helps some. Give us a call if you want. We’re in Colombia South America now, but we have a US # that rings here. 678-696-0082. God bless.

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