This is Olivia. She is a sweet 12 year old young lady in remission after fighting cancer for the 2nd time! She was originally diagnosed in July 2014 with Ewings Sarcoma when a tumor was found under her right armpit. She had 2 surgeries and chemo for 9 months. After completing treatment she was declared cancer free!! All clear scans. She spent the summer of 2015 getting back into her routine and loving life. She loves her church, family and friends and was so excited to be feeling good and being able to spend time with them.
In early November 2015, she was away on a retreat when she started feeling sick again with a headache, nausea and fever. Her mom initially thought it was strep and took her to the doctor. Little did she know her cancer nightmare had returned. This time she was diagnosed with AML Leukemia. A secondary cancer due to the treatments she received to cure her from the first cancer.
Olivia entered the hospital the following day on November 4th and within 48 hours was in the Pic-U. They had no idea that they would be spending the next 2 months there!! She got a horrible respiratory infection, was intubated and they almost lost her more than once. She finally turned the corner and was able to be moved to the AFLAC Cancer floor where the family spent Christmas. She was finally able to come home a few days the end of December but had to go back for another month long stay the end of March for a stem cell transplant. She spent 6 weeks in the hospital before being transferred over to the Ronald McDonald house for an additional 2 weeks.
Olivia has had 2 tough battles but fortunately she is now home and improving every day. She is back in school and is enjoying life with her friends away from the hospital.