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erinrai
05-13-2005, 01:07 PM
This isn't for me but for my youngest daughter's bestfriend and cousin. We just found out last week that she has cancer. The removed one of her kidneys that had a grapefruit sized tumor on it, and part of her lung. The parts of the lung they sent off for biopsy and should have the results tomorrow. They had to reopen her in order to reinsert a new stint for her chemo. The first one collapsed at her first treatment. The tumor they removed had only been growing for about 3 weeks is what the doctors guessed. They found the mass at her yearly checkup. This little girl is only two years old and her and my youngest are inseperable. She was a miricle in the first place, her mother wasn't supposed to be able to have children at all, so they are beside themselves fearing the worst. They truly need all the thoughts, mojo, prayers or whatever else you care to send their way.

saphoenixsilver
05-13-2005, 04:00 PM
I am so sorry. Good thoughts coming your way....

Kae
05-13-2005, 04:05 PM
No child should suffer like that nor the parents.

Good thoughts coming your way.

Kae

Miracle Wench
05-13-2005, 04:14 PM
I will keep them in prayers.
No little kids should have to suffer like that.
How sad.

AnnaFaerie
05-13-2005, 04:16 PM
Prayers going up for the sweet baby and all of her family.

Absinthe d'Accalia
05-13-2005, 10:28 PM
You got it. May the tumors be an anomaly that will be gone with the chemo, and that the cancer will never return again to her little body.

Wolves Lady
05-15-2005, 08:20 PM
Prayers for your daughters friend and her family.

erinrai
06-06-2005, 02:36 PM
Just a little update on Kylee. My family spent friday evening with them. Kylee has been out of the hospital for a week now, the small masses in her lung were cancerous but they think they got it all. She will be on chemo for the next year and has had three doses of radiation. All of her beautiful blonde ringlets are gone, but her family has already contacted locks of love about a hair piece for her. (the doc started that for her). They didn't have any health insurance at the time of her surgeries and first bit of chemo and radiation but Her dad just landed a job with a big company whose health insurance will start covering her immediately for her treatments from here on out. She acts as if nothing is wrong, she is such a little trooper. The docs give her a good chance of survival because they think they caught it all. It is just a wait and see though

Emma nic Gunn
06-06-2005, 03:20 PM
Praying for her, her family, and all those affected by cancer.

BTW, for all those reading who love their long hair --- consider locks of love!!! Your hair will always grow back, and dealing with short hair temporarily is not that hard. I just cut off 11 inches for the third time -- trust me, its worth it!!!! (Besides, you get a free haircut just in time for summer!) Support Locks of Love!!!! They give support to those who could definately use it!!

Buxom Wench
06-06-2005, 03:55 PM
Prayers, blessing & hugs to the little one, her family and your family.

Artemisia
06-06-2005, 03:57 PM
Dear God. Reiki healing coming their way...

erinrai
06-11-2005, 08:05 PM
This is a copy of an article about Kyleigh, that was in the St. Louis Post Dispatch last weekend.





Huge medical bill doesn't concern family for now
By Bill McClellan
Of the Post-Dispatch
Sunday, Jun. 05 2005

YOU MAY HAVE read the heartwarming story of the little girl from Indonesia who
came here last month for surgery to correct a birth defect.

A nonprofit group that secures medical care for needy children brought the
girl, her mother and a teenage interpreter to St. Louis. The surgery was
performed at St. Louis Children's Hospital, and the hospital picked up the
bill. The three visitors are staying at YouthBridge Family Community, a
wonderful facility in Creve Coeur that provides a home for families who have
traveled to St. Louis to receive medical care for their children.

The Akers family was at YouthBridge, too. Like the child from Indonesia,
2-year-old Kyleigh Akers had surgery last month at St. Louis Children's
Hospital. She had a cancerous kidney and a lesion on her lung removed.
Unfortunately, the hospital did not pick up the bill. Jason and Sandy Akers are
not yet sure the extent of their debt, but it is somewhere around $100,000. And
growing.

Sandy told me that everybody at the hospital has been very nice, and social
workers at the hospital tried, unsuccessfully, to figure out a way to get help
with the bill. So the Akerses are not complaining. They are grateful that their
daughter received her surgery, insurance or not. Besides, money is not their
major concern right now. Kyleigh still faces six months of radiation and
chemotherapy. She is doing fine, but she is not yet out of danger.

Sandy and Jason met in Germany while serving in the Air Force in 2001. Both
were working in communications. Sandy had pretty much decided to make a career
of the Air Force. She had already re-enlisted. Jason was thinking in terms of a
career, too, but was still on his first hitch. They were married in 2002, and
Sandy became pregnant right away. The pregnancy changed Sandy's thinking.

Military couples are required to formalize plans about who will take care of
any kids if both parents are deployed. Jason and Sandy were both in deployable
units, so that seemed like a real possibility.

"We didn't want somebody else taking care of the baby, so I decided to get
out," said Sandy. She left the Air Force in September 2002. Kyleigh was born in
January. Three months later, Jason was deployed to Saudi Arabia. He returned to
the states for a few months and was deployed again. He decided to leave the
military after six years. He was discharged in October 2004.

Jason had grown up near Springfield, Mo., and that is where the young family
decided to settle. Jason could not find the sort of high-tech job he was
looking for, but he found a construction job. It was, actually, the very job he
had worked before going into the service in 1999. He started at the end of
February. The job provides health insurance, but that does not kick in until 90
days after a new employee starts.

Kyleigh was diagnosed with cancer in early May. It was stage four cancer that
had begun in a kidney and had already traveled to a lung. Doctors operated
immediately.

The Akerses were without health insurance. What's more, the insurance that is
kicking in this month won't cover the old bills and may not cover any new bills
because the cancer is a pre-existing condition. Sandy said she is still talking
to the insurance company.

About a week and a half ago, the Akerses applied for Medicaid, but they make
too much to qualify. Jason brings home about $200 a week. Sandy had been doing
computer work at home, and had been making about the same.

But again, this is not really about money. A huge debt is daunting, but there
are more immediate concerns. On Wednesday, Kyleigh began losing her hair
because of the chemotherapy treatments. Sandy chopped off her daughter's curls
- her first haircut - so those curls could go into a scrapbook.

I mentioned to Sandy that the child from Indonesia is getting her care for
nothing. Sandy said that didn't bother her. She seems like a nice child, she
said. As for the medical bills the Akerses are facing, Sandy seemed undaunted.
"We'll pay the rest of our lives if we have to," she said.



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Tapestry MacGillicuddly
06-12-2005, 12:58 AM
Love and good thoughts of healing are on the way.