Honored Kid

Anna T.

Age 19
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Location

Sheboygan, WI, US

Diagnosis

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Date of Diagnosis

July 2008

Status

In remission

Treated At

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

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My Story

Anna was my little boy that came out a girlie, girlie and changed my world. I am more of a tomboy that has been changed because of my two girls. Anna has always enjoyed playing dress up, make-up, polishing her nails/toes and playing with those barbies. She also LOVES swimming, dancing and the horses. Taylor and Sugarland are the best music out there according to her. When Anna was in Kindengarten she stared to get sick more often but still "normal" sick. At the start of summer, we knew something wasn't right but we never thought CANCER. That is something that always happens to the other person. It took Children's Hospital three months to figure out the she had MDS w/ Monsomy 5. At the age of six she went straight to a Bone Marrow Transplant thanks to her 10 yr old brother being a perfect match. She spent 2 months in Milwaukee and then spent the next 9 staying away from people because of her compromised immune system and returning to Milwaukee for weekly and then monthly visits that always included lab pokes - how many vials today? After 11 months we found out that she had relapse, this time it was AML (Leukemia). She endured two months of chemo, total body radiation, a lung bx, another Bone Marrow Transplant and spent Aug to the end of Dec in Milwaukee. She did the above and so much more with such a beautiful attitude that she would beat this. She told me once that she looked forward to heaven but she liked life here on earth and she wanted to stay. With that attitude, she took her medicines and treatment like a champ and still does. Cancer sinks! Mom Tarnowski

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