Meet Our 2019 Girl Of The Year
Meet Our 2019 Girl Of The Year
On October 14, 2013 our lives changed. The signs were there, I kept taking her to the Doctor’s office weekly, I was desperate trying to figure out what was wrong with her. She had fevers every day for no apparent reason, she barely ate and all she wanted to do was sleep. She was covered in bruises but I thought they were from her just being a daredevil and when she was awake she was doing arts and crafts or playing with that big bright smile. I remember like it was yesterday. The ER nurse came in the room and you can just tell by the look on her face it wasn’t good. She told us her lab work results and said that Khloe's white blood count was through the roof, she said it was some sort of Leukemia. I felt like I was in a movie, she was telling us the news but I spaced and all I heard was complete silence. At that moment I realized I had two options, cry the whole journey, or be positive and have faith in GOD and enjoy whatever time I had left with Khloe. They started right away with a bone marrow the next morning to confirm what exactly Khloe had. Four days later we were told the news that Khloe was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
My baby losing her hair was hard, she had a full head of Shirley Temple curls. The chemo started and within a few days her hair began to fall and it was everywhere, all over her body making her itchy, in her bed, food, and eyes… I mean everywhere. So I decided to cut it all off but before I did that, I shaved mine off first to show her that she wasn’t alone and that she would still be beautiful without her hair. Doing that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. Her smile was everything!
Unfortunately, for the next 10 months we had a long stay at Valley Children's. Seeing her go through blood transfusions, chemotherapy, lumbar punctures, taking all of her prescription medicine and her not being able to walk for two months. I remember one of the worst experiences was watching her mediport dressing change. I did not know something so simple caused so much pain, hearing her scream cry for help in pain made me feel helpless. Removing that bandage off weekly started breaking her dry skin, and when they would remove it her skin would come off as well. There were so many more things she went through but through it all she somehow managed to keep a smile on her face regardless of the circumstance. Khloe would constantly light up a room. She loved to sing, express her creativity through arts & crafts. We enjoyed the relationships we built around the oncology floor from all the nurses, the patients, and everyone she crossed paths with. We are beyond blessed to say she has been chemo free since February 1st, 2016. We are so grateful for Valley Children's, everyone that supported Khloe, and a big thank you to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for helping us with patient aid. That truly helped us in such a difficult time. Thank you to all for raising funds and creating awareness! You guys are doing amazing things!