Honored Kid

Kelly Ramljak

Age 37
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Location

Elk Grove Village, IL, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

April 1997

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

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My Story

Hi, my name is Kelly and I was diagnosed with ALL when I was 12 years old. I am currently 13 years in remission. When i was diagnosed in 1997 at Children's Memorial Hospital I had no idea what I was about to face. I struggled through 2 1/2 years of chemotherapy. I was in and out of the hospital for chemo and fevers about every other week for the first year. Then for the last 1 1/2 years I took pills and shots at home. Through all of this it was hard to stay focused and get through it, but I was a tough kid. Now I am currently a Pediatric Oncology Nurse at Children's Memorial Hospital where I was treated. I see how much of a difference there is in the care of children with cancer. Many kids are now treated out patient and are having shorter hospital stays. All the research is providing these children with newer treatment combination that prevents nausea and other side-effects from treatment. Research has definitely come along way in 13 years and it will keep improving until we can find a cure! Every day I take care of kids and I think of how much a difference I am making in their lives. I love my job and wouldn't trade it for anything in this world! I love being able to treat not only patients but their families also. I also love that my story inspires them to be strong and have hope. I would not be here today if it weren't for all of the donations and research that helps extend the lives of children with cancer. So thank you for all that you do!

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