Honored Kid

Gracie T.

Age 17
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Location

Alliance , OH, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

November 2004

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Akron Children's Hospital

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My Story

Gracie was 3 in 2004 when she was diagnosed with ALL, a type of Leukemia. She was grey and having trouble breathing. It was at a Halloween party and she was dressed as a cat I remember, but wasn't running around with the other children. This was out of Gracie's personality because she was a very active child. We took her to our area pediatric doctor three times and we're given antibiotics that failed. Finally my mom said to demand a blood test. We got the blood test, and recieved a call from the doctor to immediately get to Akron Children's hospital. We got there and they took us from the emergency room to the fifth floor which was named Childhood cancer and oncology. We were in shock and scared and the next day found out that our little baby had Leukemia. The next 2 years were a roller coaster, in and out of the hospital, chemotherapy, plus basically quarantined from everyone and everything. We were told to pull her out of preschool and not to take her anywhere including church. Doctors said a lot of sick people go to church. My husband and I continued to work full time. We also had Aiden our son who is 22 months younger than Gracie. We continued to work,  passing in the night  and trying to make ends meet, continue to get Gracie treatment and make Dr. appointments, and find friends and relatives to watch our son. So after 2 years of treatment,  Gracie completed her chemotherapy and monitored weekly visits at Akron Children's Hospital. We did a make a wish trip for her to Disney and went in January 2017 to celebrate  her wellness ! Gracie is 16 currently.  She plays volleyball year around, a great student,  serves on student senate and character  counts. Gracie has lots of friends and is practicing for her drivers license. ..She has no signs of her childhood leukemia  and has no restrictions or limitations.  We are so happy we have Gracie and she beat this disease.  This has humbled our family not to take anything ,including life, for granted and praise God for letting the doctors find a cure for our baby Gracie. 

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