This blog was started to share the experiences and thoughts of Zayla’s cancer journey. Although most of these posts are written in the words of Zayla’s mom, many of the feelings and thoughts are from her entire family….
Zayla was born June 6th, 2001, three weeks early by c-section. She was an easy baby and doted on by her older sisters, Maddie and Shelby, from day one. When Zay was just 3 1/2 years old she was diagnosed with ALL (leukemia). She went through treatment for almost two years before it was found that she relapsed. A month after her 6th birthday, Zayla had a bone marrow transplant. Her sister Shelby was her donor. By the time Zayla was 8 years old, she was thriving in school and her health was picture perfect.
Fast forward to July 2013, and it was found that Zayla had a large inoperable cancerous brain tumor. The tumor was a direct result from treatment she received for her leukemia. We were always told that there was a risk of secondary cancers when she was having treatment for her leukemia. We just never imagined that it would occur….
Zayla has been enduring chemotherapy treatments since her diagnosis with Anaplastic Astrocytoma a stage 3 glioma. She initially had 6 1/2 weeks of radiation. In the fall of 2014 she had the beginnings of tumor progression. At this time it was decided to proceed with an additional 2 weeks of radiation, and switch therapy to a biological called Avastin. Currently we are awaiting news/results on her recent MRI that showed a possible reoccurence. Although these reoccurences have never shown an actual tumor….they are scary because they are the beginning stages of tumor formation. We want to see Zayla have her FOREVER CURE!!!!
Please remember that May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month, as well as September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Please wear Gold and Grey in support for all kids battling cancer.