Honored Kid

Julia Fulmer

Age 18
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Location

Marion, SC, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

August 2014

Status

In remission

Treated At

MUSC Children's Hospital

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My Story

While my soccer team was meeting for the first practice of the season, I was in the ER at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) meeting my oncology team. What my parents thought was a sinus infection turned out to be T-Cell ALL. I was 13 years old and it was the 2nd day of my 8th grade year. My treatment lasted from August 22, 2014 - December 1, 2016. I received over 800 doses of chemo in various forms (IV, through spinal taps, pills, and shots). I had "off the charts" nausea and bone pain during treatment. Now I have avascular necrosis (AVN), which is dead bone tissue, in several of my bones and joints. I have had both hips replaced and a major knee surgery to drill into my knee and hopefully stimulate some blood flow and healing there. During treatment, I had a lot of migrane headaches, a pill aversion, steroid-induced diabetes, trouble walking, and a neurotoxic reaction to one of the medicines I received. I basically missed most of my high school experiences during and after treatment. It's been hard, but I am doing well now. I try to face life's challenges with courage and joy. I am graduating high school and getting ready for college. Cancer will always be part of my life story, but my future is bright and full of possibilities. Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.

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