Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell— the eldest daughter of Mama June Shannon— has been diagnosed with cancer.
TMZ broke the news on Thursday that 28-year-old Anna— who appeared on her family’s first reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo— is battling Stage 4 adrenal carcinoma, a rare cancer that had already spread to Anna’s liver, kidney and lung by the time it was discovered in January.
Anna is the mother of two young girls— 10-year-old Kaitlyn (who was born on ‘Honey Boo Boo’) and seven-year-old Kylee. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
While Anna has been estranged off-and-on from Mama June over the years, she had recently become closer with the WEtv reality TV star, even appearing on TikTok Live with Mama and her three sisters, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, Jessica Shannon and Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson in recent months. Anna was present when June remarried her husband Justin Stroud on a Florida beach on February 18.
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Anna’s sister Pumpkin confirmed Anna’s diagnosis on her personal Facebook on Thursday, asking friends and fans to pray, and letting them know that she and the rest of her family have Anna’s back.
“Y’all just say an extra prayer at night for our family & especially Anna, [her boyfriend] Eldridge, & Anna’s 2 girls,” Pumpkin wrote while resharing the link to the TMZ story. “It’s been a rough couple months for all of us involved but we will get through this.”
June also shared the story online.
“This is been a very emotional road for the family but we are sticking together,” she wrote. “Me n justin n [Pumpkin’s husband] Josh [Efird] are doing everything we can do and to b there for Anna Marie Cardwell and Eldridge Toney and the girls through this journey. Just pray for all of us especially her girls we appreciate y’all so much.”
Alana reposted the story link on Instagram Stories, adding her own feelings about her sister’s diagnosis.
“And this is what I mean when I say you never truly know what somebody is going through at home,” she wrote. “No matter how famous they are. Yes, I’m very famous but normal s**t happens to me and my family & y’all need to realize that asap.”
According to TMZ, Anna had been suffering from stomachaches before she was diagnosed.
According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for a person diagnosed with adrenal cancer at the stage Anna has it (where it has already spread to distant parts of her body) is 38 percent. (This means that 38 percent of people who were diagnosed with this were alive five years later.)
The new season of Mama June: Family Crisis premieres in May. It is unknown if Anna’s cancer diagnosis and journey will be covered on the show.
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I’m sorry she’s sick, but wtf r ppl sending the sister money? Wtf r they even asking?!?they don’t make enough off the show – get a damn job!
I wish Anna the best, in all sincerity. As far as her family, What nerve they have , over the past few weeks. Honey Doo Doo rides shot gun in a police chase, and tries to justify it. Then her hilly hilly sister defends the act. They flaunt that they are famous, and rich. Make fun of people that work hard, at places like Waffle House. Then these bitches beg for diaper money and car payments. Then they ask for prayers from those they disrespected. I will pray for Anna, and hope she gets through this, but not because these trailer trash bitches asked for it. Hope they get what they deserve, Cancellation of this shit show, and forced to work at Waffle House. Again, Best wishes Anna. Sorry for your situation, and the trashy family you were forced to grow up in. I wish YOU the best.
Anna has always seemed like the normal one in the family. She has been through hell in her past and I’m so sorry she seems to be going through another hell. I feel horrible for her and her babies. I can’t imagine the fear that she deals with on a daily basis. I hope that she beats the odds.
Alana’s “I’m very famous” comment shows the selfishness of Anna’s family. To make your sister’s diagnosis all about you is repulsive. I’m sure that Alana, Mama June and Pumpkin will all use this on tik tok to sit on their asses and beg for money.
I love how they can beg for money for car payments & diapers but when the sister (who’s not on TV , and does not get thousands from the show) get cancer… they only asked for prayers. If anybody needs financial help, it’s Anna. Unfortunately, I don’t trust the whole damn family on TV and would not contribute 2 cents. But I definitely have a soft spot for Anna. Alayna does not live home anymore but for the sake of the show ., They are pretended she’s under Pumkins care. They literally have no shame whatsoever.
Poor Anna. When it rains, it pours.
But she’s made of tough stuff, she has to be to rise above a family like…well, hers. I sincerely hope she beats cancer, how awful. And I hope she can continue to live the life she wants to live.
I feel really bad for her.
To Pumpkin: we never know what you guys really go through cause the lies start when you all start to speak. Through all the cursing you can’t hear one normal sentence.
Omg what even is Alana’s comment!!! How embarrassing and cringey to write the words “I’m very famous” on a post about your sisters cancer diagnosis.
Oh God, this poor girl has been through enough already. I truly wish her the best and hope she beats cancer’s ass!
Horrible thing to go through, wishing her all the best. Hope she makes a full recovery.
Pumpkin, Alana & June all have this thing of taking something & making it all about them, it’s very toxic, but then, Pumpkin & Alana lived with June for a long time, they are picking their Toxic traits from the source. Whereas Anna & Jessica have gotten their independence at quite a young age & broke that toxic cycle. I’m sure they all love their mom, but if they are not careful those toxic traits will pass down to younger generations.
What a horrible ordeal for her and her family. I really hope and wish for the best.
I wish the absolute best for Anna, her children and her husband. The rest of her family can fuck right on off!
Way to go Lauryn and Alana at making it all about you, like always. Someone needs to slap you two upside the head with a reality check. Alana, you’re still a child, stop with all this see I’m famous bullshit and put yourself aside for five damn minutes. You’re old enough to know better. Lauryn, you’re a pos, and nothing but trash. You used your sister’s diagnosis and struggle to try and gain sympathy (and let’s face it, money) from people.
This is so sad, poor Anna. I hope everything ends well for her and her little girls.
Also, STFU Alana. “I’m very famous” 🙄
Well, she’s gonna be in that 38, lord willing.
She’s a tough chick(adee). She’s gonna get through this,for those little girls.
How absolutely terrible. Poor Anna has been through a lot from being molested by her mother’s boyfriend to teen motherhood and now such a scary diagnosis at such a young age. Prayers for her and her family.
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