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8/1/2016 Latest post:
On July 25th, 2016, Kendra went in for a routine appointment with her oncologist and we would learn later that evening that her leukemia had returned. Jenn immediately took her to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis for further testing and treatment. We would later learn that her leukemia had returned after not being detected in her system for about a year. Kendra had previously been diagnosed with leukemia (acute lymphoblastic leukemia ALL) in March of 2013 and had completed treatment in July of 2015. Now, after five days in the hospital she is home and has begun an intensive and aggressive treatment of the cancer in her bloodstream. After an initial, month long course of treatment, she will be re-evaluated to determine the course of her treatment, nonetheless we are looking at about two years of treatment. It sounds like the majority of her treatment will consist of medication administration at home and chemotherapy treatment at the oncology clinic, as well as spinal taps and bone marrow draws. She is definitely upset that the leukemia has returned, but she is strong, brave, determined, and beautiful, which will aid her in her treatment. Her brother Noah and her sisters, Brynn and Gretta have been busy helping keep her spirits up. We could not be blessed with better children as they all play their own unique role in Kendra's team.