SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (11/22/2017) At just 15-years-old TaShayla Clayton is fighting a battle that no teen should ever have to face. She's been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer that is currently threatening the existence of her left arm.
"I don't even know. I cried mainly the whole two days after I found out," said Shay.
After discovering her diagnosis in April, Shay left all that she knew behind and moved to Memphis with her family, where she spent the next five months undergoing intensive chemotherapy to treat the tumor.
"Even for an adult, I don't know how I would handle this, and as a fifteen year old. I tell her all the time she's my hero," said Amber Clayton, Shay's Aunt.
While the chemo has taken much from Shay, her fighting spirit still remains.
"It's a lot to handle, losing her hair and all that, but she takes that in strides. She's got an amazing spirit and she's toughing through it," said Jennifer Woolsey an RN at Mercy Hospital.
Shay is now back in Springfield at Mercy Hospital but due to her chemo treatment schedule, she'll be in the hospital over Thanksgiving. However, Shay says she still has much to be thankful for and credits her immense strength to both her faith and family.
The journey has not always been easy, but after finding comfort in her new-found faith, Shay's outlook has gotten a little brighter.
"I just had no hope, I was like what's the point of even living. So then I wanted to get saved and ever since then I've been doing so much better," said Shay.
But it's her little sister who's been shay's constant, making sure to keep a smile on her face.
"She's my best friend," said Shay. "Without her I don't think I'd be doing as good as I am now."
Shay currently has two rounds of chemo to go with surgery to remove the tumor planned for February. However, her positivity remains, and her family says that she is the true hero.
"Seeing her go through this, she's stronger than I could ever imagine, and I've just been really proud of her," said Amber.
With each day that passes, Shay continues to fight, making her that much more of an inspiration.
"She's a walking testimony now. Every day it just adds to and what God's done in her life," said Amber.
If you would like to follow Shay's journey, click here to be redirected to a Facebook page which is continually updated with her progress.