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MY NAME IS MISSY AND I JUST TURNED 38 NOV 24. I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AML AT THE AGE OF TEN. MY SYMPTOMS WERE MY GUMS SWELLING OVER TOP OF MY TEETH AND ITCHING ALL OVER THAT LEFT BIG WELTS. MY MOM TOOK ME TO OUR FAMILY PHYSICIAN AND HE SIAD IT SEEMED LIKE I HAD TONSILITIS AND THAT MY TONSILS NEEDED OUT. HE SENT ME HOME WITH ANTIBIOTICS FOR ANY INFECTION TO CLEAR UP FIRST. I WAS GETTING WORSE AND MY MOM HAD TO TAKE ME TO THE ER BECAUSE MY DR. WAS OUT OF TOWN. THERE AT THE ER I WAS SEEN BY A PEDIATRICIAN WHO ADMITTED ME AND DONE SOME TESTS. MY WBC WAS VERY HIGH AND RBC VERY LOW. HE DID A TEST CALLED A BONEMARROW ASPIRATION AND BIOPSY. THE RESUTS WERE AML AND HE SENT ME TO COLUMBUS CHILDRENS HOSPITAL IN OHIO WHERE I LIVE BUT IN A SMALL VILLAGE. THERE AT CHILDRENS I WAS IMMEDIATELY TREATED WITH CHEMO, LOTS AND LOTS WHICH MADE ME DEATHLY ILL. I WAS PUT ON PREDNISONE TOO WHICH IS A STEROID TO HELP ANY INFLAMATIONS. I HAD A CENTRAL LINE PUT IN CALLED A "BROVIACH". IT WAS A LIFE SAVOR BECAUSE MY ARMS AND FEET WERE RUNNING OUT OF VIENS TO POKE. I DEVELOPED MANY INFECTIONS. FINALLY I WAS IN REMISSION AND SENT HOME. AFTER A WHILE I WENT OUT OF REMISSION AND SENT BACK FOR MORE TREATMENTS, THIS TIME HIGHER STRENTHS OF CHEMO AND TESTING ON MY FAMILY FOR A BONEMARROW TRANSPLANT DONOR. I HAVE MY MOM, DAD AND TWO YOUNGER SISTERS. MY DAD WAS A MATCH, BUT MY MIDDLE SISTER WAS A PERFECT MATCH AND SHE WAS 8 YRS OLD. MY BABY SISTER WAS NOT A MATCH AND NIETHER MY MOM. MY MIDDLE SISTER WAS VERY WILLING TO BE MY LIFE SAVOR. SHE NEW THIS WAS GOING TO SAVE MY LIFE AND WE ARE A VERY CLOSE AND LOVING FAMILY. I WAS SENT TO CINCINNATTI CHILDRENS FOR THE TRANSPLANT BECAUSE COLUMBUS HAD NOT GOTTEN THAT FAR WITH TRANSPLANTS YET. CINCINATTI HAD DONE 2 SO FAR AT THIS TIME AND I WAS THE 3RD ONE TO HAVE A BMT THERE. WHEN I WAS THERE, I WAS TREATED IMMEDIATELY WITH HIGH DOSES OF CHEMO AND THEN TOTAL BODY RADIATION TO KILL OF ALL CANCER CELLS. I WAS SO SICK, THAT I DONT REMEMBER A LOT HERE. AFTER BEING IN REMISION AND AL CLEANED OUT AND PUT IN A STERILE ROOM WHERE NO ONE ENTERED WITH OUT A MASK GOWN AND GLOVES, THEY PREPARED MY SISTER FOR SURGERY. THEY TOOK A LOT OF MARROW FROM HER LITTLE BODY AND AFTERWARDS, I REMEMBER THEY WHEELED ME OUT BEFORE MY TRANSPLANTED MARROW WAS PUT IN ME TO SEE MY SISTER. SHE WAS COVERED WITH BEDADYNE AND SO SO SORE, BUT HAD A GREAT BIG ANGELIC SMILE ON HER FACE. SHE WAS SO PROUD TO GIVE LIFE TO HER BIG SISSY. I THEN WAS PREPARED FOR MY TRANSPLANT WHICH WAS SO EASY. IT WAS GIVEN INTRAVENOUSLY LIKE A BLOOD TRANSFUSION. I HAD TO BE MONITORED FOR ANY REACTIONS AND REJECTIONS VERY CLOSELY. IT ALL WENT IN WELL. AFTER SO MUCH TIME AFTER THE BMT, I WAS ISOLATED FOR AWHILE TO KEEP MY IMMUNITIES NORMAL AND FINALLY I WAS ABLE TO GO OUTSIDE AND IT WAS WINTERTIME. MY FAMILY WERE STAYING IN A RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE AND IT WAS WALKING DISTANCE FROM THE HOSPITAL. I HAD TO WEAR A MASK ON MY FACE FOR A COUPLE MONTHS TO MAKE SURE I WOULD NOT CATCH ANYTHING FROM ANYONE. I THEN WAS SENT HOME AND DID REAL WELL. I HAD TO COME BACK TO SEE MY DOCTOR IN THE CLINIC ONCE A WEEK FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS AND THEN ONCE A MONTH AND THE DR VISITS BECAME MORE SPREAD OUT AS TIME WENT ON AND AS I WAS DOING REAL WELL. I HAD A GRAPH VERSES HOST PROBLEM UT THAT WENT AWAY AND AT AGED 13 I HAD A DENTAL VISIT AT THE CLINIC AND THEY ALWAYS DRAW BLOOD AT THE CLINIC FIRST BEFORE EVERYTHING ELSE AND THE NURSE CAME UP TO THE DENTAL OFFICE TO SPEAK WITH MOM AND DAD. THEY FOUND SIGNS OF DIABETES. I WAS THEN ADMITTED FOR TESTS AND I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH JUVENILE DIABETES HAVING TO TAKE INSULIN SHOTS THE REST OF MY LIFE. MY LIFE WAS GOING PRETTY GOOD AND DIABETES WAS ROUGH AT TIMES, BUT I MANAGED IT AFTER AWHILE. I WAS SEEING MY DR AT THE CLINIC NOW ONCE A YEAR AND ONE DAY THEY CAME IN AND TALKED WITH ME MOM AND DAD AND SAID THAT THEY HAVE OFFICIALLY DESCRIBED ME AS DISEASE FREE (HEALED COMPLETELY). I GIVE ALL MY THANKS AND GLORY TO THE LORD GOD WHO I KNOW HAS BROUGHT ME THROUGH IT ALL FOR A REASON. GOD HAS PLANS FOR EVERYONE EVEN THOSE WHO PASS AWAY FROM THESE HORRIBLE DISEASES THAT ARE NOT GIVEN BY GOD, BUT BY THE EVIL ONE, BUT GOD, HE CAN HEAL AND IF IT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE THEN GOD CHOSE TO HAVE SOME WITH HIM, HELPING HIM IN HEAVEN MAYBE. I KNOW I HAVE HAD GOD SENT ANGELS WITH ME SINCE THE DAY I WAS BORN. I HAD A HEART ATTACK AT AGED 30 WITH A DOUBLE BY PASS HEART SURGERY AND I HAD A TUMOR ON MY RIGHT KIDNEY THAT WAS PARTIALLY REMOVED AND NO TREATMENT NEEDED. I AM ALSO A SURVIVOR OF BREAST CANCER IN WHICH 3 YEARS AGO I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AND HAD A MESECTOMY AND CHEMO. IM STILL ALIVE AND KICKING AND NOW LIVING MY LIFE FOR JESUS CHRIST MY LOVER OF MY SOUL AND I AM VERY CLOSE TO MY LOVING FAMILY. MY SISTERS AND I LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH. I WAS UNABLE TO HAVE CHILDREN, BUT GOD HAS BLESSED ME WITH MANY NEICES AND NEPHEWS, EVEN A SET OF IDENTICAL TWIN BOYS THAT MY DONOR SISTER HAS. I AM WILLING TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS I CAN FOR ANYONE IF I CAN. FEEL FREE TO ASK. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND MY LOVE AND PRAYERS TO THOSE HO NOW ARE SUFFERING AND AFFRAID. HAVE FAITH AND KEEP IT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. THATS WHAT GOT ME THROUGH.:angel:





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