Brave, but mighty. Aniston’s Story.0
Aniston’s Story and how we can help…
There’s a beautiful little two year old I know that is fighting a big fight….a fight that no one wants to see their child go through. Her name is Aniston and here is her story (taken by permission from her mom’s blog)….
It all started on September 3rd. The day I got induced Aniston came to the hospital to see me. After being there a few hours, she started throwing up. We just thought she had the flu. After a few days, she was back to normal. When we brought Lawson home she started acting not like herself. I just assumed she was depressed that she had to share her attention with her baby brother. She started napping more, not wanting to play, and just didn’t look right. We went out of state for my sisters bridal shower on September 20th. Aniston had gotten so bad that she wouldn’t even walk, she was extremely pale, and wouldn’t stop crying. We decided to head back to Tennessee to get her to the doctor as soon as possible. On September 21st we took her to the clinic. They told us they don’t normally treat things like this, but since she looked so anemic, the doctor went ahead and did blood work. When the doctor came back in she said the words I’ll never get out of my head. “Her blood looks really bad. We think it’s leukemia.” My mom and I just looked at each other in horror and started screaming “No!” How could this be happening to my little girl? She’s barely even had a cold, there’s no way she could have cancer. I immediately called Tyler with the hardest phone call I’ve ever had to make.
We had to go to Vanderbilt in an ambulance. Tyler, Lawson, my mom, step dad, and brother all followed behind us. I felt like I was in a nightmare. As we were heading to Vanderbilt, the EMT kept saying there are so many other things that could be wrong with Aniston. He said they shouldn’t have even mentioned the “L” word. He gave me hope. Hope that this was all a mistake. Hope that my girl was perfectly fine. Then we got to the emergency room. The doctor came in and explained Aniston’s blood count to us and how it was most likely leukemia. My hope was crushed, again. Even though they hadn’t diagnosed her yet, they went ahead and had the oncology doctors talk to us. Aniston had to get two blood transfusions and a platelet transfusion that first night. It made a huge difference in her appearance. She was starting to look like herself again. I was still holding onto hope that this was all a mistake. The next morning an oncologist came in and explained that Aniston has pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I lost it all over again. All hope I had was gone. My daughter has cancer. Why my little girl? Why does she have to suffer? Why can’t it be me?
The next few days were all a blur. We ended up spending ten nights in the hospital. While there she had two IVs, two spinal taps with chemo, one bone marrow biopsy, two chemo treatments, and a picc line placed. As a mom, it is the hardest thing watching your child suffer. Aniston was so strong throughout it all. I can’t get over how well she handled everything they threw at her during our hospital stay.
On October 1st we headed home. The nurses warned us that it would be like bringing home a newborn. Since I already have a newborn, its now like I have two. I don’t remember what it’s like to get more than two consecutive hours of sleep, I rarely get the chance to sit down, and you can forget about me having the time to get ready. Most days I just want to give up. Then I think…if she can handle all of this at two years old, I can make it through the day. That’s what we’re doing. Kicking leukemia’s butt, one day at a time.
So, you might be wondering how you can help. One thing…PRAY! Pray for this precious little girl. Jesus has the power to heal!!! They have already had answered prayers and we need to continue to lift her up.
Here’s the other thing…
Even when you have insurance there are still so many bills that can rack up (hospital bills, gas money, meals, etc). There is unfortunately a whole lot involved with this dreaded illness. So, I would like to help in one way or another. One of the things we will be doing this month is offering two items which make great gifts or keepsakes for yourself….and, it helps Aniston’s family!
This week (Wednesday-Saturday) is our Christmas Special at Kim Hinkle Photography. Here is a link to our event page on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/756114937777248/
We will be offering the Christmas Ornament and Key Chains for purchase. They will include a photo from the special and the proceeds will go to Aniston and her family. If you don’t make it in for our special and you have had a picture taken by me this year, you can also purchase these!!! The deadline for purchase is November 28th in order to receive them before Christmas.
If you are interested, you may add one on to your order at our Christmas Special or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618.599.0819.
In the meantime, Miss Aniston, this scripture is for you –
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6