Krissy was diagnosed with CML leukemia in June 2008. This type of leukemia is typically kept under control with daily medicine. She has been on several medicines on this journey that have worked for a long time. Starting in November 2016, her levels started to rise prompting the doctors to try the last available medication for this type of leukemia. Krissy also knew that another option to cure the leukemia was a stem cell transplant.
She began the third medicine in November and started to experience many bothersome side effects. The side effects became so intense and her numbers were still not where they should be, so the family began to explore the option of a stem cell transplant. Since Christmas break, Krissy has had ear infections, the flu, general fatigue and loss of appetite. They had also noticed some fluid on her lungs that they thought may be related to her medicines.
During the February break, while on a trip with her mom and Hannah, she began to feel worse and on Sunday, February 26 she was admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of pneumonia. After running more tests, she was transferred to Northside hospital to be treated for the pneumonia as well as her leukemia.
Krissy is an athlete and understands how to train for marathons. One step at a time. This is what her journey will be for the next few months.