Randi was diagnosed with B-ALL (B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) 1 month before her 5th birthday. February 15, 2019 is a day we as a family will never forget. A little back story on how the diagnosis came to be. On February 5, 2019 we took her to Children’s Urgent Care in Forsyth County because her right foot was in pain and had a red rash on it. The told us she had Cellulitis and to treat with Antibiotics for 7 days. We went back to the same Urgent care on February 15, 2019 with the same pain and rash. They ran blood work, took more X-Rays and urine testing. They told us to go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Scottish Rite to have a MRI done to rule out bone and deep tissue infections. Turns out none of those were the cause of what was wrong with her foot. Not even an hour after being in the ER the Doctor comes in and tells us “ Your daughter has Leukemia.” That one sentence was beginning of a very long road for our little girl. We are 7 ½ months into this very long journey. She had a port placement surgery the Monday after diagnosis along with her first Bone Marrow Aspiration, Bone Marrow Biopsy, and one of many Lumbar Punctures with chemotherapy inserted directly into her spinal fluid. Since starting this journey we have found out she is very sensitive to Chemotherapy and has a high fever 2 days after infusion every time. Every time she has a fever that is another ER/ Day hospital trip, another poke and another day stuck at the hospital.
So far she has had 11 Lumbar Punctures with Chemo, 3 Bone Marrow Aspirations, 1 Bone Marrow Biopsy, 5 X-Rays, 2 Echocardiograms, 28 Lab Draws, 6 Chemo injections, 8 Red Blood Cell Transfusions, 6 Platelet Transfusions, 7 ER trips, 4 Day Hospital trips, 35+ Chemotherapy Infusions, and her Port has been accessed 35+ times.
Randi is a special, strong and brave little girl. She is a Daughter, a Sister, a Cousin, a Niece and a Granddaughter to many people that love her very much. SHE IS OUR HERO!!