Honored Kid

Katee J.

Age 24
Katee J. Kid Photo

Location

Mendota, IL, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

May 1999

Status

In remission

Treated At

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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My Story

At the end of May 99 our world turned up side down... "your 3 year old daughter has ALL leukemia needs to start treatments now." After a blood transfusion in Peoria they sent us on a 8 hr trip to Memphis Tenn. to St. Judes Childrens Hospital. We arrived around 4pm by 8 we were in a room and the nurses could not find a blood vessel. After many attempts and seemed like hrs of crying they ended up with the IV in her foot. We never left Katee alone, someone with her all the time. We were there for 3 months, half that time in the hospital and the other half in the Memphis Ronald McDonald house. The chemo made her so sick she spent most of that time in a little red wagon, throwing up or sleeping. Some times her counts would be so low and so sick they would put us in isolation. After 3 months we went home and once a week, for two more years, we went to Peoria for chemo. Her treatment took 2 and a half years, it seemed like a life time. At the age of 6 she received her last chemo and now at 13 half her life in remission.... The picture is Katee and I a few months before she was diagnosed with cancer

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