Hi my name is Jayde and I was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in December of 2013.
My cancer was discovered after enduring an agonizing month long illness that included both a severe ear and fungal infection that was not improving
or healing with antibiotics. After my family and I received the devastating news of my Leukemia, I underwent intensive chemo treatment
the very next day. Things improved for a little bit but then one of the chemo drugs caused me to go into heart failure right after the holidays.
Since I was so critical at that time I was sent down to Lurie's Children's hospital in Chicago for treatment and almost lost my life.
Not only was my body trying to fight the newly found cancer it was also struggling with nonstop fevers from the fungal infection that remained
inside me. I was too sick to eat or drink anything because of the fluid around my heart and my body ended up physically deteriorating as a result.
I was placed on a feeding tube that lasted for months. When I returned to Central DuPage hospital in March of last year after my heart function
improved, I had already lost a significant amount of weight and was placed in a rehabilitation hospital for physical and occupational therapy
before finally returning home. My family and I were overjoyed that I had started the road to recovery when another setback struck only 6 weeks
later. Again I was hospitalized for months at a time after contracting both stomach and blood infections which in time led to a deadly fungal
meningitis in my brain and spine. I almost lost my life for the second time that year but I had some of the most dedicated, hardworking, and
compassionate doctors and nurses by my side fighting for my future. I have been hospitalized over 250 days so far since being diagnosed with
leukemia but I wouldn't be here today to tell my story if not for one of God's many "Miracles."