My name is Keylan, I was diagnosed with AML leukemia on November 7 of 2014. I’d like to tell you my story. My mom and dad say I am a loving, smart, funny girl. In October of 2014, my mother started seeing that I was lacking of energy and that I wasn’t as happy as I use to be, I was also getting shortness of breath and dizziness. So my mom decided to take me to get a blood test. A couple of weeks later, we got a call from our family doctor. We went over to Mercy hospital and from there they sent us over to the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, where they had confirmed that I had AML leukemia, is a fast growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow. It was a big shocker for all of us, I remember stepping out of the doctor’s office and started crying in my dad’s arms. I was 14 years old and the next day, I was admitted at the hospital, it was scary and frightening but after a while it didn’t seems so scary anymore. We met many doctors, hematology and oncology groups. They said that I wouldn’t be able to be at home for a while, that was a tough day for my family. They did a bone marrow biopsy, it hurt only after I woke up. I then started chemotherapy, the first few days it wasn’t too bad, it was the recovery part that was the hardest. During my first treatment, about 5 days past and I was in remission, but I had to keep going with the 3 other treatments I had left. The treatments that came after, were some of the hardest ones that I’ve ever had to face. There were many things I wanted to do but couldn’t. When I would come home, it would only be for a week or so. I loved being at home, it was a relief being in my own bed, with all my things and being able to snuggle up next to my dog.
Throughout the entire time we were in the hospital my family and friends were always there. In those hard times, when I thought I couldn’t keep going God was always there, pushing me to keep going. It’s very hard sometimes to keep being positive when you are in a situation like this, but one has to remember that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. I fought for my life, and even though it was a tough battle, I’m happy to say that I've won. At the age of 19, I will be declared cancer free and I am so excited and waiting for the years to pass!
Keylan is a junior in high school who loves music, hanging with friends, watching netflix and playing soccer. Her favorite foods are pizza, Chinese food and Quesadillas; and someday she wants to be a lawyer or a pychologist.