Lets Take a Minute to Catch Up
It has been awhile since I have blogged. So much has happened since my Make – A- Wish trip. I have been very busy taking a double load at school and I am finally caught up. I am once again positioned to graduate on time with my class. Go me! I have had a couple of really great months. I have been working on getting my driver’s license, I have been hanging out with my friends again, I went to prom, and I recently celebrated my 17th birthday; my second birthday science diagnosis.
Shortly after my birthday, I went in for a routine spinal tap. It was discovered that I had relapsed with Leukemia in my central nervous system. Upon initial look, it appeared as though the bone marrow was clean. However, after further testing, it turned out to be MRD positive. My oncologist spoke to several experts around the country, and they all agreed that my best route would to be to move forward with a bone marrow transplant.
A bone marrow transplant would mean that I would be unable to have children. My doctor told me that if I wanted to have a chance of having my own biological children, I would need to preserve my eggs immediately. I had a very short window, because, I needed to start aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatment. I felt so strongly about wanting to have children, I was willing to put my treatment plan on hold in order to harvest my eggs. The fertility process was much more involved and emotional than I expected. At the same time, I felt l confident I was making the right choice. I followed the protocol, as difficult as it was. I was hopeful the egg retrieval would happen on time and I could start my cancer treatment with no hiccups. Unfortunately, I experienced some complications and my fertility goals did not come to fruition. It was a very hard day for me, however, I had little time to dwell on the loss. I needed to start cancer treatment immediately. So, here I am…back in the hospital once again. Sad face.