Hannah was diagnosed with AML in February of 2008. After feeling sick
for weeks and told by many physicians that it was nothing more than a
virus, Hannah was transferred to Tulane Hospital for Children from her
local ER in Mississippi. Hannah went through a whirlwind of tests and
procedures and was quickly diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Lymphoma.
The disease was already in her spinal fluid and Hannah was immediately
started on high doses of chemotherapy.
Despite the high levels of chemo and other medicines that Hannah was
receiving, she never missed a day in the playroom. She enjoyed arts and
crafts and just hanging out with the other patients. Hannah was a huge part of our St. Baldrick's Event last year and appointed herself as the Boss of the Bake Sale!
A few weeks into Hannah's treatment, she developed a pericardial effusion.
She was rushed into the Operating Room and spent the next few weeks in
the PICU. These were a tough few weeks for Hannah. She was very sick and she and her family were beginning to come to the realization that if Hannah's body did not go into remission, she would not survive.
Hannah wasn't ready to give up yet! After her time in the PICU, Hannah was
transferred back to the Peds unit where she quickly became her old self!
On June 18th, Hannah was granted a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and went on a shopping spree around the city. She was equipped with pain medicine, oxygen tanks and a wheel chair and ready to go! She had a wonderful day riding in a limo and having lunch at PF Changs. Her biggest purchase was a puppy from the pet store! Hannah kept going until after dark and was finally ready to go back to the hospital.
On June 21, 2009, Hannah's body couldn't fight any longer and she died peacefully in her hospital room. From February to June, Hannah only left the hospital on that one day for her Make-A-Wish and never complained. She found fun in everything she did and was a true inspiration to the staff and her fellow cancer patients. She helped them to realize that some days aren't so good, but making the best of everything is the way to go!
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