6 Years Old at Diagnosis
In September of 2011, 6 year old Hailey wasn’t feeling right. Her parents couldn’t put their finger on what exactly was wrong, but knew that something was not right. A trip to the doctor showed that an ear infection was to blame, but after weeks of antibiotics and a low grade fever, Hailey’s mother knew it was something more. She knew she would never give up on figuring out what was wrong with Hailey.
Hailey’s doctor ran blood tests and found that her hemoglobin was so low she needed to be admitted to the hospital right away. After days of tests, the diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) was confirmed in October of 2011.
Treatment hasn’t been easy for Hailey and her family. During one round of chemotherapy, Hailey’s glucose level dropped so low doctors feared she would slip into a coma. She also suffers from neuropathy, brought on by treatment. This damage to her nerves causes numbness in her extremities and requires her to be pushed in a stroller in order to get around. But, Hailey doesn’t let that stop her from dressing up, playing with her baby dolls, and enjoying the outdoors. She is looking forward to being done with treatment in December of 2013.
Hailey and her family are never giving up on better treatments for children like her, and one day a cure.