Celebrity Parents Anna 'Chickadee' Cardwell Celebrates Daughter’s Elementary School Graduation After Cancer Diagnosis The reality star was diagnosed with stage 4 adrenal carcinoma, a type of cancer that develops when healthy cells in the adrenal gland grow uncontrollably By Nicholas Rice Nicholas Rice Instagram Twitter Nicholas Rice is a Staff Editor for PEOPLE Magazine. He began working with the brand as an Editorial Intern in early 2020, before later transitioning to a freelance role, and then staff positions soon after. Nicholas writes and edits anywhere between 7 to 9 stories per day on average for PEOPLE, spanning across each vertical the brand covers. Nicholas has previous work experience with Billboard, POPSUGAR, Bustle and Elite Daily. When not working, Nicholas can be found playing with his 5 dogs, listening to pop music or eating mozzarella sticks. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 25, 2023 09:39 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Anna 'Chickadee' Cardwell and her 2 daugters. Photo: facebook Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell is celebrating daughter Kaitlyn's elementary school graduation after her cancer diagnosis. “I am one proud mama right now," the reality star, 28, wrote in a Facebook post earlier this week, sharing photographs of herself and Kaitlyn, as well as others that included her other daughter, Kylee, and her boyfriend, Eldridge Toney. Noting that she "can’t believe I am going to have a middle schooler and a second grader," Anna continued, "Give me a minute while I go cry my eyes out." "I am so proud of my girls and everything they have accomplished," she concluded the post, then tagging various members of her famous family, including her mother, Mama June Shannon, and sister Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson — who just graduated from high school. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Mama June's Daughter Anna 'Chickadee' Cardwell Diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer Kaitlyn's milestone moment came about after PEOPLE confirmed in March that Anna was diagnosed with cancer. Anna, who is Mama June's eldest daughter, was diagnosed with stage 4 adrenal carcinoma in January. TMZ said the cancer was discovered in her liver, kidney, and lung following a series of tests that took place after Anna complained about experiencing stomach aches. The star reportedly underwent her first round of chemotherapy in February, TMZ reported, and a source told the outlet that Anna's family is "very hopeful" she will pull through the diagnosis. Anna Cardwell/Instagram Anna's father is Mama June's ex-boyfriend, David Dunn, who never joined the family on reality TV. As well as Anna and Alana, 17, Mama June, 44, is also mom to Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon, 26, and Lauryn "Pumpkin" Efrid, 23. Alana previously spoke out about her sister's diagnosis on her Instagram Story in March. "This is what I mean when I say you never truly know what somebody is going through at home ... Yes, I'm very famous, but normal s--- happens to me and my family & y'all need to realize that ASAP," the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo alum wrote alongside a screenshot of TMZ's report.