I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on April 1, 2010 when I was 9 years old.
My sister Faith had the same type of cancer and was diagnosed on May 28, 2008, when she was 15.
I am in remission and I had to receive treatments for 39 months but, I have about 6 months left to go before finishing.
We have been extremely fortunate to be a part of such a loving and caring community that from the very first moment word began to spread,
has been there for us in a multitude of ways and has over the past 5 1/2 years of our journey, continued to embrace and support us in ways both big and small.
It has not been easy for us to be such a public story and to be in the spotlight but the moment that my dad came home from the doctor with the terrible news on that long ago May morning,
we made a conscious decision to go forward and be very open and forthright with his diagnosis and his treatment, not only within our family, but publicly as well.
After all, this could have happened to anyone and we certainly didn't choose for this to happen to us or do anything to put ourselves in this position, so we felt it best for our family, especially us kids, to be totally honest wherever the road would lead.
Although this approach might not have been the best choice for everyone, it was for us and I think that because of the way we chose to handle it, we have received such an outpouring of support which continues even now.