Ally was diagnosed with B-cell ALL Leukemia on May 19, 2016. She has been placed in the “high risk” category from the beginning because of how high her white blood cell count was when she was diagnosed. Her parents started noticing bruising all over, which led them to take her to the doctor because they knew something was wrong. Ally was already critical before she even left the local hospital and transferred to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that night. Her mom says, “we were told that within days she would have had uncontrollable bleeding and that her body was working so hard to fight the cancer that her heart would of gave out within 1-2 weeks if not treated. She had surgery to place her port and was getting chemo within 16 hours of being diagnosed.”
To date, Ally has had 31 blood transfusions, 28 bags of platelets, 34 lumbar punctures and 2 bone marrow aspirations. She has spent 111 nights in the hospital and 39 days in the clinic at the hospital for chemo. She has caught 4 life threatening infections in her blood stream while receiving chemo. Her mom says, “We have lost count on the amount of times they have drawn blood or had to stick her for numerous reasons. The chemo has also taken its toll on her being able to walk because her legs are so weak. This has been the hardest thing on her because she tries so hard to keep up with her brother, Jay. She now has braces to help keep her feet straight with her legs so that she doesn’t trip over her own feet. She is now on her second port. This is what she gets chemo through, her first one was supposed to last the duration of her 2 years and 3 month treatment plan but with the blood infections, they had to remove it to make sure the port was infected. We hope she has no other complications with the second port. Through it all. She is what has kept us strong.”
Ally loves swimming, cheer, shopping, riding four wheelers, and spending time with family and friends. Through all of her journey, the community has been there for Ally and her entire family. Her mom says, “We are finally getting back into a normal life since she began maintenance. She is finally doing better and is enjoying every minute of her time playing with her older brother, Jay.”
Ally, stay strong & COURAGEOUS!
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