Honored Kid

Taylor Larkin

Age 21
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citrus heights, CA, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

February 2014


In remission

Treated At

Sutter Medical Center

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My Story

Hi my name is Taylor. I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on February 10, 2014. I had been complaining for about eight months about extreme leg pain and when I went to the doctor he said it was just growing pains. Finally when I went in with my legs extremely swollen and red the doctor said go and get your blood tested. The next day he called my parents and said that I needed to go to the oncologists for more tests. I was admitted to the hospital and they said the three words nobody ever wants to here. It is cancer. I immediately started intense chemotherapy. Three weeks after I was diagnosed I had two seizures. I had an MRI and it showed that I had a Cortical Vein Thrombosis or a blood clot in my brain. After we found that out the doctors put me on blood thinners. I was on the blood thinners for a year. Because of all the time I had to spend in the hospital I missed a year of school and am still a year behind. I was on steroids for the first year. The steroids gave me osteonacrosis, which causes my bones in my feet to degenerate. I walk on my tip toes, so I have pain in my feet when I walk. My tendons in my feet are to short so its impossible for me to put my feet flat on the ground. I am still waiting for surgery. Once I have my surgery it will be a year recovery and then I can finally go back to doing everything normal teenagers do like sports, run, and I will be able to walk without pain. I am over a year done with my treatment. Kids do not deserve to go through this battle. Kids deserve to be kids and not have to grow up and be adults at a young age. We do not want our kids, grandkids, brothers, sisters, or any child to go through something where they have to worry about living to the next day or if they are going to be able to see there next birthday. Kids should be worrying about if they make the sports team. We need a cure. Not a treatment a cure.

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