Makena: AGE 9
Relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Days after Christmas and fresh into a New Year filled with promise, our lives and most especially hers were changed forever. Makena Noble, part time Princess & full time Super Hero was diagnosed with ALL on January 9, 2015, She was just 4 years old.
21 months of chemo, other toxic yet life saving meds, & multiple procedures that would make a grown man cry and did make a Mother weep; From Lumbar punctures to port insertions, she never gave up and continued to be a role model for everyone she met. Chemo was completed in February of 2017 and left Makena in complete remission.
Not even a year later, during a routine check up, we got the devastating news that the Cancer was back. Makena had relapsed. She was started on a trial drug that successfully put her back into remission in order to proceed with a Stem Cell transplant.
The chemotherapy and full body radiation necessary for preparation for transplant hit Makena hard. She spent 3 out of the last 5 months in the hospital fighting like only she can. She is feisty and bold and is showing this cancer who's boss! Today, Makena has completed her stem cell transplant and although still at Sick Kids, she is doing well and feeling strong.
With her birthday coming up on May 26th, we are confident Makena will return home a cancer free 8yr old, ready to stand by her other Gold friends as they continue their battles.