What first appeared to be just a stomachache turned 5-year-old Gabby Wolpert’s life upside down — until doctors at Albany Med helped.
“It turned out she had a massive tumor in her abdomen,” recalled Gabby’s mother, Erica Wolpert of Saratoga Springs. A biopsy confirmed an alarming diagnosis: non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Vikramjit Kanwar, MD, director of the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, and his team went right to work, and Gabby started chemotherapy the next day.
“We practically lived at Albany Med the whole month of February 2013,” Erica Wolpert said.
After five cycles of chemo and expert care from her doctors, Gabby, happily, is now in remission.
Throughout Gabby’s stay and subsequent outpatient visits, Erica Wolpert said attentive doctors, nurses and staff made the ordeal easier for the entire family.
“Sure, they would come in to check her vitals and administer her meds, but then they’d stay for a while, hang out and get to know us on a personal level,” she said. “It’s a non-stop outpouring of love.”
And it’s that experience that has Gabby, now 6, whose story is featured as part of Albany Med’s Lifeline campaign, already talking about what she wants to do when she grows up.
“I want to help children feel better — just like the nurses helped me feel better,” she said confidently.