Mia Balko

First post: Jun 10, 2021 Latest post: Jun 17, 2021
Mia Balko  is currently the Director of Youth Outreach at Texas Farm Bureau. Before her time at Texas Farm Bureau she was an Ag Science Teacher and FFA Advisor.  Mia is passionate about Agriculture, FFA, working with young high school students and Fighting Texas Aggie Football! 

April of 2019
Mia was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that had metastasized into her abdomen. Initially she underwent several rounds of chemotherapy in Waco and was driving to MD Anderson for scans every few weeks.  

December 2019
Mia was put on Chemo pills, which seemed to be stabling the cancer and in February of 2020 she was accepted into a clinical trial. This trial worked for several months until cancer cells were found in Mia's lymph nodes.

November 2020
Scans showed that things were still stable but fluid was once again starting to build up.

February 2021
A new clinical trial started. Mia had a Liver Biopsy that came back positive for cancer, showing that there is disease progression. However, the lesion is small so it should be treatable since it was caught early.

April of 2021
Scans showed some growth but doctors decided to keep Mia on the new trail, hoping that more treatments would stabilize the liver lesions.

May of 2021
Mia had another round of scans. They discovered her pain was being caused by fluid build up. They drained 7.2 liters. The scans also showed some growth in the peritoneum so Mia will no longer be on the clinical trial. She will go back to a combination of systemic chemo she was on early in her diagnosis.