Kaidence Sletto

First post: Dec 18, 2017 Latest post: Dec 24, 2017

3 weeks ago Kaidence became very sick with what we thought was just a respiratory thing/virus and stomach bug in one. She continued to get better and in the last week and a half all she had was a productive cough and low grade fever. We continued thinking she was just trying to kick this virus. During these few weeks we also noticed bruising that started out just a couple bruises here and there, fast forward to now and its all over her body. We thought "oh she's 2, Kaidence is a wild child." The night of December 16th we noticed the glands in the back of her neck were swollen so figured "ok lets bring her in 1 more time to the clinic and get some answers because she just isn't getting better, maybe its strep." December 17th our lives changed forever. Kyle brought Kaidence into the clinic to run a strep test and also some blood work because we didn't think this was just a virus, having such swollen glands just didn't seem normal. 2 hours later we got the test results back stating Kaidence's white blood cell count was nearly 600,000. For someone her age it should be roughly between 5-12,000 a little more with a infection or virus. They sent us to the Children's Hospital in Minneapolis to do more testing. When the words leukemia came out of the Dr's mouth. I didn't want to believe it, we wanted this to just be a bad dream.....but it wasn't it was so real and happened so fast. Our beautiful little girl has leukemia, a blood cancer, our girl. It breaks our hearts, its a feeling I cannot even describe, the worst possible feeling no parent should have to feel. The good news is, it is cure-able. It will be a long journey but our beautiful girl is sooo strong and tough I know she will pull through and kick cancer in the butt!

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