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Dakota W.

Age 8
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Apopka, FL, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

April 2017


In treatment

Treated At

Florida Hospital for Children

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My Story

On April 16, 2017 our beautiful baby girl Dakota Rain was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at only 3 years old. It all began with a few symptoms a week prior to her diagnosis. We were planning to take her to the pediatrician on the Monday coming up to have her checked out but she started a nose bleed that Easter Sunday that we could not get to stop. We rushed her to the local children's hospital and the tests ensued. She was at a critical level and immediately had to have multiple blood and platelet transfusions. After many blood tests, a spinal tap and bone marrow biopsy the results came back positive. She started treatment immediately and we began our battle.Dakota spent the next 26 days in the hospital. Doctors had to make sure her immune system was stable enough for her to safely go home. We returned 4 days later to remove her picc line and place her port. Our weekly trips to the hospital have become a regular routine. She endures countless pokes, chemo treatments, spinal taps and oral medications. For a 3 year I can only imagine how confusing and scary it is for her. She will be in treatment for the minimum of 2 1/2 years so this means she will be close to the age of 6 before we are officially done.  Dealing with Dakota's Leukemia has dramatically altered our family's lifestyle and daily activities. We can no longer have the freedom to go wherever we want due to her fragile immune system. There is a constant worry and stress not only about her health but also financially.

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