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1/9/2017 Latest post:
Alex Kiker is an 11yo girl living in Rockwall, TX. She is the sweetest girl in the world, and has the most giving heart and personality of anyone I've ever met. Here is her story:
Some time in September 2016, Alex noticed a lump on the right side of her neck. It seemed pretty obvious that it was an enlarged lymph node, which is normal in kids either when they're getting sick, or when they just get over being sick. She ended up getting sick a month later, so Brandi asked me to have her pediatrician take a look at it when I took her in for the illness. The pediatrician thought it was probably a lymph node, and just needed to be taken out. She wasn't too concerned, so neither were we. We took her to a pediatric surgeon on December 9th and he was a little more concerned. We had an ultrasound done on it, and bloodwork done - neither indicated cause for concern. Her surgeon wanted to hammer the lymphatic system with antibiotics to see if it was just an infection, but that proved ineffective, unfortunately. Her surgery to remove the lymph node was December 30th. The surgery was a success, though the lymph node was much larger than previously thought. The surgeon's comments were that "it could not have looked more benign", which was cause for relief. Immediately after removal, a frozen section biopsy was performed on the node, and the results were "inconclusive". The node was then sent to pathology at Medical City where it was studied for the next week. We got word on Friday, January 6th, 2017 that they were having a hard time diagnosing the results, which wasn't great news to us. We received word on Monday, January 9th, 2017 that she has nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin's sclerosis.
Alex and her family covet your prayers through this, and hope the treatment is short and effective. We will post updates here frequently. Please feel free to post words of encouragement here, and I will make sure Alex reads them.