Becoming a Fighter

March of 2011 is when my battle began with cancer. I was diagnosed with CML (chronic myelogenous leukemia) at the young age of 16 and have been fighting ever since. My treatment consisted of oral chemo every day to keep everything under control. Everyday I strived to live my life like I was a “normal” girl, because I wasn’t going to let this nasty disease define me. Some days were harder than others, don’t get me wrong, but I made it the best. I graduated high school and was able to continue my education at the University of Arkansas. WooPig! I had just finished my junior year in the spring when I found out my cancer had changed into AML (acute myelogenous leukemia). May 14th, I was admitted to the Medical City of Dallas where I began treatment. Chemo… chemo… and more chemo.. A bunch of long days and nights spent in that hospital bed wondering when this would all be over…well good news IM HALFWAY THERE! My transplant is just right around the corner. I wouldn’t be where I am without all of the love and support, and I mean that with all my heart.

God blessed me with the best and I am forever grateful.

-XO Kara