MAMA June’s daughter Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell has been losing her hair and struggling to eat after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
The 28-year-old was told in January that she has adrenal carcinoma – a rare form of cancer in the adrenal gland – after complaining about stomach aches.
Instagram/Anna CardwellMama June’s daughter Anna Cardwell is losing her hair and struggling to eat after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer[/caption]
Instagram/honeyboobooAnna is June’s eldest daughter[/caption]
The cancer has spread to Anna‘s liver, kidney, and lung, according to TMZ.
She is believed to have had her first round of chemotherapy last month.
Doctors are waiting to see how she reacts to the treatment before making any more decisions.
The mother-of-two‘s hair is coming out in chunks as a result of the treatment, the outlet revealed.
Anna is said to be shopping for a wig to cover the hair loss, although her health is her primary concern.
She has changed her diet by cutting out sugars and eating more protein – although she’s struggling to eat due to numbness in her tongue, TMZ revealed.
A source close to the family also claimed Anna’s sleep pattern has changed due to the chemotherapy, meaning she’s exhausted and sleeping in the day but having trouble with sleeping at night.
The TLC star is believed to have quit her job as a car salesperson and is focusing all her energy on her recovery.
Anna’s devastating cancer news was revealed on Thursday.
Her estranged mom June Shannon and her sisters are said to be “very hopeful” that she will recover.
They have reportedly been stepping up to help care for Anna and her two daughters – Kaitlyn, 10, and Kylee, seven.
Anna has three sisters – Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Efird, and Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon.
She has been estranged from June for many years – but did attend June’s wedding to Justin Stroud in January.
Anna previously told The U.S. Sun that she has “no relationship” with June, who has “never apologized” for her past mistakes.
Her bond with the TLC star broke after her mother rekindled a relationship with the man accused of molesting her as a child.
Speaking to The U.S. Sun in June 2021, Anna said they had never had a conversation about the incident.
“You know, I’ve never had a conversation with her where she was like ‘Oh I’m sorry for what happened or, I’m sorry for this,” she said.
“It’s like she is always brushing everything off and like acting like everything is fine and nothing happened.”
Anna explained once her mother rekindled a relationship with her alleged childhood sex abuser, Mark McDaniel, after his release from prison in 2014 – things changed between them.
She said: “We used to be really, really close, but all that stuff happened with her getting back with Mark, we really had distance after that.
“We haven’t talked really since then. I pushed myself away from her with that because it was like why would you do that kind of thing?”
While she isn’t close with June, it appears Anna remains in regular contact with her siblings.
Anna was seen visiting Lauryn in June 2022 just weeks after the birth of Lauryn’s twins, Stella and Sylus.
A source close to the family said: “Anna has been over quite a bit lately, lending a hand with the twins and Bentley, while her daughters entertain Pumpkin’s oldest daughter, Ella.”
The Mega AgencyAnna, seen with her mom and three sisters, was diagnosed with cancer in January[/caption]
GiToniIt has spread to her kidney, liver and lung[/caption]
Instagram/Anna CardwellShe has two daughters with her boyfriend Eldridge[/caption]