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12/23/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to Avalynn's website and updates to her progress and our journey. On December 12, 2016 we took our 4 year old, Avalynn, to the Doctor with persistent pain and swelling in the face along with a sore throat. We believed it to be two molars coming in (dentist told us) and strep throat. She had been suffering with mild fevers and tiredness for a week or so, and then fever spiked and throat swelled. We took her to doctor to determine that she in fact had strep throat, but were instead taken by ambulance to our local hospital. At which point they took her blood and after about 2 hours told us we were going to be transported to UC Davis, because the likelihood of it being Leukemia was probable. By mid night, we were in the ER at UC Davis, cause there were no rooms available in the pediatric ward. At this point it was all a waiting game. We spent 20 hours in ER and then were moved to a room on pediatric floor. We then were met by leading oncologist, to confirm that it was in fact Acute Myeloid Leukemia. A more rare form of childhood leukemia. As you can imagine the floor fell out from beneath us. We then were met by the team who would handle our child and her road to recovery. On thursday December 15, she went into surgery to have a central line placed, bone marrow and spinal fluid taken. All to test the blood and find out where we were at with the disease. She started her induction phase of Chemotherapy on Friday December 16. She would start 10 days of intensive chemo to combat this vicious diagnosis. There is a possible 3-4 rounds of chemo to undergo. And as we wait patiently for healing to take place. Thank you for walking on this journey with us .We have two other daughters that need your support and love too. Thank you