Honored Kid

Peyton G.

Age 9
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Location

Snellville, GA, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

March 2014

Status

In treatment

Treated At

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

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My Story

Peyton was born on April, 2011. She came into this world a fighter. After a long labor she was delivered via emergency Caesarian section and had aspirated fluids. She spent the first hours of her life in NICU and gave us all a real scare. Soon she was home and growing a magnetic and energetic personality with room filling beauty. 13 months later in June of 2012 our first son, Parker, was born and then on March 3 of 2014 God gave us another son, whom we named Caleb. He completed our growing family full of love and joy. While we were in the hospital recovering from his birth, a family member took Peyton and Parker home with them, where they stayed until we were home for a couple days and settling into our new routine. When Peyton came home she seemed a little off to us. We attributed the majority of what we saw with the stress of a new baby in the home. Though, she was so gentle and tender and acted like a little mommy to the tiny baby boy she is so in love with. On March 20th, 2014 we took her to the doctor for a bruised and swollen ankle. The x-rays showed nothing broken or fractured but they put a cast on to help heal, what they thought was, a “bruised bone”. She was running low-grade fevers on and off over the next couple days and she had what looked like blood blisters on the inside of her cheek and tongue. On March 25th she woke up looking pale yellow, was running another fever, still not walking at all with her cast, lethargic, and not eating like her normal self. So we took her in to see her pediatrician. We did the normal routine check up and then we asked the doctor if she could run some blood work because we knew something was wrong with our baby girl. Then our world came crumbling down around us. Our pediatrician told us that she thought it was Leukemia. We were sent immediately to the hospital where they admitted us for the beginning of a surreal journey. Our faith is strong and our love is even stronger. We believe that our God is bigger than this disease and our faith is that we are walking this journey with God by our side, guiding us all along the way because He has already gone before us. There is no doubt that our sweet Peyton is a fighter and will fight this battle gracefully.

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