Middle TN mother pushes through incurable form of stage four kidney cancer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Middle Tennessee mother with a rare, incurable form of kidney cancer is determined to make the most of her time through music and adventures with her three young boys.
29-year-old Nashville resident Sarah Owen was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer about a year and a half ago, while also going through a divorce.
“I was really depressed at first, just because when somebody tells you that you have cancer, you feel like your life has ended,” Owen said.
Instead of giving up, Owen chose to fight. She’s been through several treatments, including immunotherapy and different types of chemo pills.
She said once doctors find a pill that stabilizes the cancer, she’ll be taking it for the rest of her life.
“There have been weeks where she hasn’t been able to get out of bed, and days where I can’t leave her side because she might need the bin to throw up in,” Owen’s boyfriend, Bryce Cole said.
Cole said he and Owen started dating just three months before her diagnosis, and he hasn’t left her side since.
In the midst of doctor appointments and difficult days, the couple is in the process of recording an EP together.
“It’s really helping me fight it, emotionally and mentally at least,” Owen said.
Owen also hopes to make as many good memories with her three boys as she can. A possible trip to Disney World could be in their future.
“Instead of looking back, oh yeah, that’s the year that I got a divorce, that’s the year that I was diagnosed with cancer, no,” Owen said. “Instead, I can be like, that’s the year that we went to Disney World, and we had a fantastic time.”
She and Cole said this diagnosis has been hard on her three boys: William, 8, Jude, 6, and Elliot, 4.
“It’s been hard on them,” Cole said. “They don’t get enough credit for what they’re going through during this.”
“They need some happiness, happy moments,” Owen said. “They’re fighters just as much as I am.”
Owen said she is not able to work because of her sickness. Friends have set up a GoFundMe for her, strictly for medical and everyday living expenses.