3 Years Old at Diagnosis
My daughter and my hero, Kadence Weilbrenner, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on Sept 23rd 2008 at age 3. She was known as a “rapid responder” and was in remission after day 17 of starting treatment and finished her standard treatment plan Dec 11th, 2010 at age 5. She spent a total of 868 days undergoing chemotherapy with several spinal tap infusions and 4 bone marrow tests along with numerous blood transfusions. She is currently 7 years old and I am told by her oncology team she has an 85% cured rate and 15% chance the leukemia may come back. If it does come back it will most likely do so within the first two years of finishing treatment I am told by her doctors.
We are into the “after treatment” phase now and we pray daily she is in the 85% category but still live every day in fear of it possibly returning. We still try to live life to its fullest each day despite our biggest fears for our daughter. Her motto throughout this treatment journey was, “Kadence Kicked Leukemia’s Butt,” (K.K.L.B) and she did exactly that at such a young age! So due to her strong fight and bravery we keep her motto K.K.L.B. very alive at all times but especially when raising money and doing walks.
I participate as team captain in two walks a year in her honor raising funds for children’s cancer. The world needs all the help we can get in finding a cure so no child has to suffer with what my child and family went through. I pray during my lifetime there is indeed a cure to all childhood cancer. I lost my mom at age 15 to breast cancer so cancer has affected my whole life as I know it and I am more determined than ever to help find a cure. I know first-hand how hard it is being a family that lived through this tragic time and my heart goes out to other families going through what we did and for the people trying to help with all kinds of support for them.
As of now she continues to go for full blood count checks every 60 days and we now deal with the side effects of the chemo and medications both on her body and mind. Thus far she has developed asthma due to long term steroid use during treatment. She has also had several dental procedures due to several medications along with trouble with her muscle control throughout her body. It is still a rough road ahead but we will always remain on the edge ready for the challenge if it may occur. She is a hero to us all and I thank you for your support.
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