Kylie's Letter

Dear Mark and The River Listeners:

I would like to tell you and your listeners about a very special girl named Kylie. Kylie is a spunky 14yr old who’s life changed dramatically this past April. Kylie, an athlete, began experiencing dizziness, weakness, and shortness of breath. After a visit to her pediatrician, she was urgently admitted to the Children’s Hospital. Kylie knew something was wrong.  At the hospital, she braved multiple tests, blood transfusions and surgeries to save her life. She and her family would learn she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Sadly, this was Kylie’s second time battling cancer.  Kylie has told me she thought she was going to die.

Chemotherapy began right away leaving her sickly and fatigued. She endured many hospital and clinic visits. The nausea was overwhelming and the treatment caused Kylie to have a diabetic response, meaning she would have to start daily insulin injections and finger sticks. But for Kylie, the worst part was losing her hair. Kylie tells me she misses her hair and she doesn’t feel normal for she shares that “sometimes people look at me funny.”

Kylie’s family has been her greatest support. Mom had to leave her job to take care of her daughter and Dad is now the sole provider. The family is feeling the loss of income but it is a sacrifice they are willing to make. Kylie is very worried about how her disease will impact the holidays.

Kylie loves everything “Christmas” and watches all the holiday movies. She is hoping for a new Iphone for Christmas and her favorite stores are Palmetto Moon and Aerie. Kylie has two younger brothers, ages 8 and 4, who love You-tube and outside sports, especially anything Nerf. Mom and dad express only gratitude and want nothing for themselves but I know gift cards for gas and expenses could really help with their multiple trips to Savannah. A rare family evening is welcomed to bring in the Christmas spirit.

 Despite the challenges Kylie is faced with, she is thankful for everyone in her life. Through her hardships, she has remained positive and vivacious, for her enthusiasm for life is contagious. She is an inspiration to her care team and to the many other cancer patients she has befriended. Kylie also felt that she was diagnosed with cancer for a reason, “’cause I know I can beat it and nothing is impossible”. 

Mark, I would like to thank you and everyone for listening to Kylie’s journey. Any help for this family would be greatly appreciated.

With sincere gratitude,
Theresa Ryan, RN
Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah

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