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Abby’s Story

Abby was diagnosed on September 26th, 2012 with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She completed her first treatments in March of 2013. Abby relapsed and started treatment again on 9/23/13. In February, Abby headed to The Mayo Clinic where she received a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) from an unknown, heroic donor. After many scary complications, Abby was declared "in remission" on April 2nd. She's still got months of doctors appointments ahead to carefully monitor the BMT.

AML is a type of leukemia that is usually found in adults and it is rare for people under 40. AML is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow--the spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are made. Acute means that it is a rapidly progressing cancer. Abby was only eight years when she was diagnosed. She is ten now.

Latest Journal Update

One step back

Well, Abby's rash is coming back. The graft vs. host had been controlled by the oral prednisone but as we have been weaning it has started rearing its ugly head.

We headed to Children's today to have Missy (NP) confirm for me that it is indeed GVH. Bummer.

Abby's steroid wean has stopped and for now we are only adding in the topical steroids twice a day. Having the rash not disappearing will delay her return to normal life (school with friends) for now.

She can have friends over or go to friends houses as log as everyone is healthy! If anyone would like to play please let either me or Marty know!

Abby got all A's on her report card for the first quarter. She is doing some serious hard work to catch up with school. We could not be prouder.

We head back to Children's on Monday for her monthly immune system boost and then to the Mayo on the 20th. Can you believe that is next week already?

Happy Winter everyone! Enjoy the snow if you are near it. :)

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Angie/Alannah's Mom Peterson
By Angie/Alannah's Mom
love you guys
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Linda Blackburn
By Linda Blackburn
Prayers for you Abby and your family! You are a very strong young lady!
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Donna Matthewman
By Donna Matthewman ( — last edited
Great job on the report card Abby!!! Keep up the good work. I'm praying for you to get AND STAY better!!
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Stefanie London
By stefanie london
So proud of you Abby!!!! what a smart and courageous young woman you are! Just know that the GVHD is also a defense against the nasty AML. It's fighting battles for you. Much love from St. Louis Abby fans
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terri peterson
By Terri & Bailey Peterson
The cream helped Bailey through the skin GVHD. Hopefully it will help Abby over the hump too!! Tell Abby we're very proud of her great report card! Next week will be nicer for traveling down to Rochester, thankfully. Good luck with your IVIG and Mayo visits. We'll be keeping you in our prayers for safe travels and good news on the GVH.
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Doug Gerick
By Kate (Mikaela's Mom)
Praying for you Abby .
Way to go on your grades - one more reason I admire you!
Abby Strong AND Abby Smart!
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child of God
By child of God
Poor Abby! Praying the cream will help. Lifting you up in prayer.
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