Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

When children are diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia now, they have more than a 90 percent chance of survival - Amanda Aronczyk

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

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Alexis Hwa was three years old when she was sent home from preschool with a fever. A few blood tests later, and she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. "We were shocked," said Alexis's father, John. "We were hoping that after the second, third, and fourth blood tests that they would tell us it was all a mistake, that Alexis did not have leukemia."

But it wasn't a mistake, and Alexis would face two-and-a-half years of intensive treatments. She was too young to understand why chemotherapy made her hair fall out, why steroids gave her extreme mood swings and insatiable hunger, why she was isolated from her friends, or what cancer was at all. Alexis asked her parents questions…

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