Honored Kid

Valerie R.

Age 24
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Location

Modesto, CA, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

February 2007

Status

In maintenance

Treated At

Valley Children's Healthcare

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My Story

My personality is smart, bright, positive, curious, brave and very likable. I don't like to give up easily. I do my best in everything I do. My family, friends, and teachers love to have me around. I don't give anyone a hard time. I'm usually very perky and happy. I'm a little kid at heart in a big kids body. My family, teachers, and friends are always amazed with the positivity I have. When they ask me how do I stay so positive all the time, I tell them this: " I don't think there's really any point in being sad or mad when you have cancer because your just going to make the 'journey' worse, plus I have a lot of faith in Jesus, and that helps a lot." My likes and hobbies are going to church, being part of the dance/worship group at church, the color pink, Hello Kitty, coloring, drawing, pretending to be a doctor/nurse, school, being with my family, playing video games, shopping, sweet smelling perfumes, being with my friends, going to hospital checkups, animals, riding motor cycles, dirt bikes, and jet-skis at the lake,christian music, showing my love for God,and Hollister clothes. Those are just some of my many hobbies and likes. My dislikes are mean people, missing church, needles in my arm, dim colors, un-sweet perfumes and unique bottles of perfumes, bees and wasps, cooked carrots, lots of homework, feeling sick, being admitted to the hospital, being alone, and being sad or mad. Before I was diagnosed, my legs hurt very bad. It got to the point were I would have to use a wheel chair to move around. It felt as if an elephant had ran over my legs. I couldn't walk at all! At first, my parents and the family doctor thought it was just growing pains, but it was growing pains plus the cancer was pushing out on my legs because the bones, they were getting filled with ith, like a hose with a closed end. But we didn't know that yet, not even the doctor. But, the doctor didn't stop there. She saw that it was getting worse and worse. She did many blood tests until finally she found the possibility that was most likely: cancer. She then referred us to CHCC in Madera. When we got there, my current doctor gave us the final diagnoses: Acute Lymphoblastic Luekemia. After that , they gave me the first treatment and by the third day, I was walking. Up to now, I am doing awesome thanks to my lord, Jesus Christ,and to the doctors, without any complications. ( - =

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