On August 15, 2018, we heard the words that
everyone fears: “Your daughter has cancer.”
Boom! In an instant our lives changed forever.
T-Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma is now common
language and a daily reality for our beautiful, browneyed 11-year-old and her family and friends.
Our story changed from despair to hope when we learned that Aubrey could receive a drug therapy that was “hot off the press.” Because the physicians at American Family Children’s Hospital collaborate with other researchers around the world, they knew
about a new drug protocol for Aubrey. Aubrey’s chemotherapy began in earnest, and on September 13 we shaved Aubrey’s hair. Ours too. We’re in this together.
As a pediatric nurse who spent eight years working on the American Family Children’s Hospital cancer unit, I knew too much about what we were facing. I also know what excellent care is. I know that it takes a team of passionate, dedicated people to help families like mine battle their fears and tackle the unknown. It’s scary. It’s your worst nightmare. You feel helpless.
We expect Aubrey’s chemo to end in December 2020 and know Aubrey’s story isn’t unique. From my experience, now both professionally and personally, I know that families like ours would be lost without so much support.
We wish you a happy and healthy future and thank you for your generosity.
Adam, Nicole, Aubrey and Hadley Wayman
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