Amelia Rounds

First post: Dec 18, 2020 Latest post: Jun 14, 2023

On December 16, our healthy and active 6-year-old Amelia was warm and sluggish with a rash on her feet and body. We took her to the clinic where bloodwork was drawn and irregularities were noticed along with a high white blood cell count. We were sent straight to Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls.

The next morning, December 17, Amelia had a bone marrow biopsy and that afternoon was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

The following day, December 18, she had a portacath placed in her chest, a spinal tap and her first round of chemo. The plan is still being formulated, but we know she’ll have weekly chemotherapy for the first month. Then she’ll probably have chemo for another 9 months. Amelia will have monthly tests like spinal taps and bone marrow biopsies for at least the next 2 years. It will be a long road, but this is a very treatable cancer! We’ll just take it one day at a time. Thank you for your prayers and support!