Our Heroes…through the years.
My name is Kim Nickle and I’d like to introduce you to my son, Evan. He is 8 years old and is a cancer survivor.
Please let me tell you how we got here today…
It was November 2007- Evan was 3 years old when I took him to the family pediatrician for what appeared to be nothing more than a nasty tummy ache for several days. After a quick examination, he was referred to Crozer Hospital for a CAT scan. Obviously, more serious than a tummy ache-maybe his appendix needed to be taken out? That was as far as our thoughts went.
A few hours later, doctors , with their “serious faces” on, told us that we needed to take Evan to A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital-the Oncology Department-and to do so immediately. They would not say anything more or speculate further. They didn’t need to. The word “oncology” pretty much spoke for itself…
Fiona was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, just 4 days after her 5th birthday. Her treatment consisted of daily chemotherapy for over two years, either orally, intravenously, or shots. She spent a lot of time going in and out of the hospital during the first year, due to treatment and infections. Fiona does suffer from late effects due to chemotherapy and steroids that she received but is thriving and is happy. She had a wonderful home-bound teacher from our school district for kindergarten and was able to attend school for 1st grade….
After Lilly’s first 21 months of chemo she then was in remission starting March of 2015 through December 31st. We received the news that the cancer had come back and a glioma was found in the brain. Lilly decided she would go the route of another year of chemo. Through it all Lilly stays strong right along with her motto “I’m Not Afraid I Will Be Brave”. Also, her favorite quote is “God’s Got This”.
She has had a lot of faith in a total of 31 months of treatments all together. Having been truly blessed with many organizations who have…
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