Honored Kid

Briel P.

Age 10
Briel P. Kid Photo

Location

Junction City, OH, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

May 2012

Status

In maintenance

Treated At

Nationwide Children's Hospital

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My Story

At nine months of age Briel was diagnosed with an ear infection!! She wasn't sleeping and she slowly quit eating. Every week for two months I took her back to the Dr. and even to a specialist (ENT) as I felt like it wa more than an ear infection. At 11 months a lump appeared on Briels head so I again took her to the Dr. I had been seeing the physicians assistant but this time asked for our pediatrician! She looked at Briel and instantly knew Briel had a blood disease. The bloodwork she had done confirmed it. We were admitted to Children's for 35 days the first time. She was diagnosed with Infantile ALL. Her white blood counts were crazy high! We continued to go back in for week long treatments for some time. On more than one occasion I thought I was losing my baby girl. My worst nightmare was happening. Not only was my baby girl diagnosed with cancer, my three year old boys world was turned upside down. You can't imagine the pain, fear, anxiety, heartache, etc. unless you have been through it. I'm thankful for our faith and hope in Jesus Christ. I don't know how people survive this without Him. I'm grateful to say Briel is in remission and in the maintenance phase of her treatment!!! She must remain in treatment until May of 2014. Looking forward to Briel getting to be "normal" and getting to worry about "normal" things that other mommies worry about instead of how Briel will handle her next treatment, her next LP, next set of steroids, or next run to the ER.

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