On April 7, 2015 we were told 4 words that turned our world upside down - "Your daughter has cancer".
Sophia was 3 when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and so started our cancer journey - admitted into the hospital for blood and platelet transfusions, surgery for a port, and starting of chemo (and, of course, the many trips to Saskatoon). On top of all of this, being thrown a bunch of information about A.L.L, and than learning how to have a life with a Cancer diagnosis.
Sophia missed out on a lot of her childhood. She had two birthdays spent in the hospital, having to be isolated at home, not attending school regularly, limiting her in her activities, and being separated from her family due to hospital admissions. Even with all of this happening, Sophia remained with a smile on her face and full of laughter.
In February of 2017, we were thrown another curve ball. One of her chemos had caused her to have low blood sugar. Her sister found her unconscious in the bathroom one morning. This was the start of another learning moment and frequent downs. We found out that 100% dosing of 6mp was the cause of it. Towards the end of treatment, Sophia only received 75% I believe of 6mp. Again, she didn't
let any of this bring her down - Sophia was still full of laughter, energy, and smiles. Sophia was never delayed in between any of her cycles. She always got the target, so I am proud to say that Sophia finished treatments on June 11, 2017!
Sophia likes to bring smiles to everyone, and with her experience, she knows how important a kind gesture is. She has ran 3 successful pay it forward campaigns so far. The first was a truck load of toys to Ronald
McDonald House, the second was 299 boxes of kid print Band-Aids for the Cancer Center, and the third was kids socks for another local charity.
Sophia is now 4 years cancer free!