Alana Thompson and her elder sister Anna ‘Chickadee’ Thompson, were among the family members thrust into the spotlight after the TLC reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo became a viral sensation. The sisters recently made headlines as Alana confirmed devastating news about Anna’s health.
From 2012, viewers were thrust into the personal lives of Alana Thompson, also known as Honey Boo Boo.
Alana who was six years old at the time first gained stardom after being a fan-favourite reality series Toddlers & Tiaras.
As the TLC show came to an end in 2014, the family eventually stayed away from the spotlight.
However, on Thursday TMZ reported Mama June’s 28-year-old daughter, Chickadee had stage four cancer in her liver, kidney and lungs.
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Following the growing reports, Alana took to Instagram stories where she confirmed the heart-wrenching news to her 1 million followers.
The 17-year-old posted a screenshot of the TMZ article, with an insightful caption.
She stated: “[And] this is what I mean when I say you never truly know what somebody is going through at home. no matter how famous they are.”
Alana added: “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, a family source revealed Anna had been suffering from stomachaches which led her to seek medical advice earlier in January.
She was later diagnosed with stage four adrenal carcinoma after doctors discovered the cancers in her liver, kidney and lung.
The insider shared Anna has since been facing several gruelling sessions of chemotherapy as she battles the disease.
The 28-year-old reportedly underwent her first round of chemo in February and has begun losing hair as a result of the treatment.
The source added the family are “very hopeful” Anna will pull through, as doctors wait to see how the cancer responds to treatment before going forward with further options.
As well as her mother and three sisters, Anna also has two children, 10-year-old Kaitlyn and seven-year-old Kylee with her ex-husband Michael Cardwell
The family are also said to be stepping up and rallying around to care for Anna and her kids.