Honored Kid

Brylee G.

Age 15
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Location

Nampa, ID, US

Diagnosis

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

Date of Diagnosis

August 2013

Status

In remission

Treated At

St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute Doernbecher Children's Hospital

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My Story

While on vacation on the Oregon Coast on August 16th 2013, Brylee began to exhibit strange symptoms that local doctors could not diagnose. When Brylee started having difficulty walking over the next few hours her parents, Rob and Monica rushed her to ER. She was quickly admitted to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon. After a myriad of tests in a short amount of time, the doctors determined that Brylee had two tumors in her back causing her vertebrae to compress her spinal cord. Surgical intervention was necessary to remove the pressure so she could walk again. At that time they diagnosed Brylee with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. What started as the Gabby family's annual trip to the coast has turned into a life threatening diagnosis. Brylee and her family are not only fighting for her life, but they are also 500 miles from home. They went to the coast prepared to vacation for a few days, and now will be with Brylee while she receives treatments in Portland for a minimum of a month, and potentially up to 6 months. Once Brylee can come home, there will still be continuing medical treatments to battle the leukemia. Within the first 24 hours, Brylee experienced tests, MRI's, CT's, spinal surgery and her first round of chemo-therapy. This is just the beginning of a long road of difficult tests and costly treatments. By the grace of God, Brylee made it through the first 48 hours of her devastating diagnosis and was move to the oncology unit on the evening of 8/19/13. This would become her home for the near future. Although she is not up and walking yet, she is feeling some sensations now in her legs and we are all prayerful that as she recovers, she will gain her full mobility back. Rob and Monica are faithfully relying on God to answer their prayers. And with that, our first request is that you pray. Pray for Brylee to be healed and for her courage and strength to overcome the battle that has just begun. Pray for Rob and Monica to have clarity and peace knowing that God is with them. And pray for her little brother, Zayden to be comforted. Pray for each person that comes in contact with this wonderful family that they might help fortify them in their time of need. Psalms 62:5-7 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. God Bless each of you!

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