Hi! My name is Hailey Hawkins. I am 18 years old and on February 26th, 2016 I was diagnosed with B cell ALL Leukemia, which is a cancer of the white blood cells and bone marrow. This day turned my life completely up-side-down. I never suspected that I would ever even have to consider the possibility of having cancer, but God threw me a curveball. After having what I thought was a rash for a little over a week, I visited the dermatologist. She identified my "rash" as petechia, which are small red or purple spots on the skin caused by minor bleeds under the skin. To identify the cause of this, the dermatologist drew my blood for testing. Although I was covered in petechia and bruised for no reason at all, I thought nothing of this encounter. Worst case scenario: I just had a low platelet count, right? Everything changed at midnight on February 26th. The dermatologist called my dad urging him to take me to the emergency room. Once I was admitted to the ER at Wesley Long, I had several blood tests taken. After receiving the test results, the ER doctor told me I almost certainly had leukemia. He transferred me to the UNC Chapel Hill hospital to get a final diagnosis from their oncologists, where they informed me that I had B cell ALL leukemia. This news is a shock to us all, especially me, but God has a plan for us all and we need to trust in his plans. Since my diagnosis, I have been surrounded by so much love and support from my family, my friends, my medical staff, and even strangers it baffles me. I am amazed by the amount of love that fills my supporters' hearts. From the chaplain, Charles, at Wesley Long who held my hand and prayed with me until 4 in the morning to my oncologist, Dr. Gold, at UNC who has spent hours explaining my condition to me and my family, I am eternally grateful for the love, support, knowledge, and prayers that has been sent my way. Although having cancer was never in my plans, I hope to use this experience to raise awareness for my disease. This process isn't going to be easy for anyone, but I am optimistic. God threw me a curveball and, though I don't understand why quite yet, I am going to make the most out of this situation.
I am endlessly thankful for everyone's thoughts and prayers. Support like this makes me confident that I will beat this.
So, welcome to my army! I will be updating this site often to share my journey with everyone!