Carly's Cancer Battle, Childhood Cancer is NOT rare!

March 09, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I got to meet this adorable little girl yeaterday and have some fun chasing her around with my camera. She was a sweet, sassy typical 2 1/2 year old except she has cancer and that is anything but typical. Carly's life will be forever changed because of cancer. Not just now but if she beats this awful disease she has no idea how cancer and cancer treatments will affect her adult life. She could be anyone's daughter, grand daughter, niece, neighbor or friend. Dont wait until cancer affects someone YOU love! Donate NOW so we can find a CURE for childhood cancer and better treatments for these sweet babies! Here is Carly's story.
In June 2015, Carly was a few months shy of two years old. We had a great summer playing at Lake Lanier and taking a family beach vacation. After coming home from Florida, her dad and I noticed that she was walking with a slight limp. We were both concerned about it, so I made an appointment with her peditrician. Once we got to the doctor, they immediately ordered a blood test and x-ray. The x-ray showed no problems, but something was wrong with the blood test. Her platelets were very low. They repeated the test to be sure, but once again, very low platelets. Our peditrician told us that he suspected she may have Leukemia. We rushed to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, where a pediatric oncology team ran tests on Carly. In a few hours, they confirmed that Carly had Leukemia. Our world came crashing down. I never imagined I would ever hear that my baby has cancer. The next day, doctors were able to confirm the type of Leukemia as Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer. For females, treatment is two and a half years. Carly started treatment immediately. After her first round of chemo, she still had leukemia cells in her bone marrow. Because of these test results, she was moved into the high risk group. In the high risk group, chemotherapy is stronger, and more frequent. Treatment for leukemia includes oral chemotherapy, IV chemotherapy, and frequent spinal taps where chemotherapy drugs are entered into the cerebrospinal fluid.
 
Carly is now two and a half, and eight months into treatment. She is such a sweet and loving girl, who we think, is one of the bravest little girls ever. Carly loves baby dolls, loves to play outside, ride in Daddy's truck, and boss us around!
Our lives are forever changed. We promise to stand with those who are fighting cancer, and for those who lost their life to this horrible disease.

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