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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.



Incredible to be home!

Apr 11, 2014 6:28pm

Hello all, 
Abby is at Day +50 today! Half way to the magical +100 days!

We moved home on Monday after clinic (it took us a while to pack and clean). We still have not unpacked all of the hospital stuff and I am dreading even looking at most of it. 

We had a great week at home! Abby made a bed outside on the driveway and laid out there for hours on Wednesday. Ms. Uscola and Abby even read out there during tutoring time. It was great to see her in her element for once.  

Abby developed a rash this week. One of the things we look for after a transplant is a rash. It is likely graft vs. host. This is when the donor cells attack Abby's normal cells and cause a bit of chaos. The rash has remained the same since Wednesday when it popped up. Fingers crossed it just goes away. Remember that a little graft vs. host disease is okay-even good, but a lot of it is really bad. 

Abby's marrow showed 100% Donor and 0% Abby. This is excellent news! It means that the donor took over and Abby's marrow is not coming back (hopefully it never will). 

We went to Children's today for a clinic visit. Her counts are great, they think the rash is just her immune system fighting (graft vs. host) and her blood type has now changed from O+ to B+. Remember, we hoped this would happen as her donor was B+. I was expecting bells and whistles when the type changed. I heard none. 

We head back to the Mayo for a visit on Monday and then hopefully Friday at Children's again.

Abby will have tutoring this summer to catch her up on her school work. She should be ready for 4th grade starting in September!


P.S. Tuesday night April 29th from 4-8:30 10% of Pablo's total sales will go to Abby Olson and her family! Stop in to eat and drink and help raise money to help Abby in her fight against AML! Please invite your friends and loved ones!
Pablo's Mexican Restaurant is fabulous and SUPER YUMMY. It is located at 230 South Lewis Street in Shakopee.

Please come on the 29th if you can and if you can't please go to Pablo's sometime and dine. They are wonderful. 

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Mayo Clinic: Saint Marys Hospital
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
United States