Genesis Gates

First post: Jun 26, 2021
At age 19, 7 months after graduating Cosmetology school, 1 month after complement first semester in college and 1 month after moving into my first apartment I never knew my life would shift over night!

On June 13, 2021 approximately 1:15 am my life forever changed.
On June 9, 2021 I was feeling lethargic, abdominal pain and vomiting. My baby brother Isaiah and I were watching movies when the vomiting began. My cousin Ayanna drove me to Atrium university emergency room. I was admitted and several tests began being run. Early Sunday morning June 13 my hematologist Dr. Salmon came into my room and spoke with my mother and I while I was on FaceTime with her. He disgust the lab results with us and then put it on me hard “Genesis you are going to need to be transferred to Atrium Main ASAP so we can run more test and confirm the type of leukemia this is”. My thoughts and my mother’s thoughts consisted of shock and disbelief. My mom immediately said I will be with you every step of the way I will meet you uptown.

So after being admitted to the 4th floor (hematology and oncology floor) so many thoughts began to go through my mind trying to process this nightmare! I was unable to eat and my pain was excruciating. I had some amazing nurses and Dr. Knight and the Nurse practitioner Gen along my favorite nurse ever and truly an “Angel” Hailey who were caring and gentle in their commitment of making me comfortable while we got the missing pieces of information. My blood marrow biopsy continued to be delayed as I developed a blood clot in right arm, two in my lungs and still could not eat and vomiting became my meal replacement. My mom and Aunt Sonja never left my side physically and of course my Meme,Zay, Uncle John and Tianna remained present through FaceTime. One of my Godmothers snuck in won’t mention her name but let’s just say she deserves a Grammy because she got to me!

On Tuesday June 15 th my unofficial diagnosis of Leukemia AML was given based upon lab results. Official diagnosis could not be given until biopsy was performed but was awaiting a date to begin Chemo. Also, advised of Chemo potentially affecting my ability to possibly reproduce in the future. ( I was scared but God Got this part for sure)!
Tuesday evening my aunt Carla suggested to my mom asking about the chances of me being moved to Levine’s Children’s hospital.

So! You all already know my mom was on it! By June 16 th a Wednesday at 1:30 pm Dr. Knight was having a discussion about the head of Leukemia for Children at Levine Dr. Chaplan coming to discuss my relocation and possibilities of entering a Clinical study for pediatric AML patients. My aunt Sonja and Aunt Carla we’re apart of this 3 hour conversation and assisted in helping my mom and I to retain information provided to make and informed decision. I moved to Children’s at 5 pm and My aunt Lashawnda and my baby Zay came and stayed the night with me while my mom returned to work.
That night we learned that my right arm had two blood clots on that was right at the insertion of my PIC line.

On Thursday June 17th more test were ran and I was now scheduled for my bone marrow biopsy and surgical insertion of a Central line port for Friday.

On Friday June 18th my mom and Zay escorted me with my pediatric favorite nurse Hannah 1 aka Hannah 2 to pre op. The biopsy was done and the Central line port could not be placed and the surgeon contacted my mom and a decision had to be made for me to receive a Heikman catheter. I was pissed when I woke up! When I returned to my room I learned that I was beginning Chemotherapy within 2 hours. I was livid.

I said if don’t see my meme and my siblings I am not doing anything! Until the next post!

So here it is the “Genesis” to my Leukemia AML journey! My family and I will try our best to provide daily updates! Please direct any questions or comments to this page. Although, my family and I are super grateful for the love, motivation and prayers at this time it is overwhelming to respond to each person individually! Please know I love you all and I am committed to being obedient to God’s purpose for this journey but also in FIGHTING and excuse my French kicking AML’s A**! I am already a Cancer Champion just like my mom and dad! I speak life over myself!

Remember Forgiveness is the Key to Healing! So FORGIVE!

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