Haley was first diagnosed on November 14, 2014 at the age of 6 with a Mixed Lineage Leukemia which means she had AML and ALL together and given a 60% prognosis. This is the most devastating news any parent could ever hear. After 4 rounds of intense chemo therapy and 5 months later, Haley had no evidence of the disease and was considered in remission. For the next 2 years Haley was amazing, she ran two 5K, was a swimmer, did gymnastics, rock climbed, soccer, basketball and baseball. Nothing held her down, she was unstoppable.
On June 8, 2017 our world crumbled once again, we were told Haley had relapsed. This time it wasn't going to be so easy we needed to get her in remission and head to a bone marrow transplant. So after 2 rounds of chemo over the next 2 months Haley was ready to head to transplant with her little brother being a perfect match. Haley's bone marrow transplant took place on August 21, 2017.
Haley has done amazing and has never failed to amaze us with her strong will and determination to get her life back. Today Haley is still doing amazing and started playing tennis, bike riding and rock climbing to help her get stronger. In Haley's down time she loves to draw, sing and play music. If everything goes well she will be back at school in fall to start her 5th grade year!
On June 1st, 2017, I was diagnosed with stage 3 Non-Hodgkin's follicular lymphoma. Thanks to Dr. Henry Li and the wonderful staff at Polyclinic Madison, I was able to get through and manage chemotherapy. My last infusion was on March 1st, 2018 and I was officially declared in remission on March 12th, 2018, which was the best news anyone can receive.
The most difficult part, aside from all the days during chemo when I just felt sick and poor, was the day that I found out that I have cancer. All the fearful thoughts that invade your mind and the fear of the unknown are difficult to overcome, but then you plant your feet and get ready to fight cancer.
I was lucky to discover the cancer early due to a fluke MRI for a torn rotator cuff tendon, which allowed me to receive the minimal chemo dosage, but not everyone is so lucky. A recent CT scan revealed that there is no new disease and I am still in remission. Now I am here to help fight for others battling cancer.