Kisses for Katelyn

Katelyn Marie is 2 years old and an amazing girl who dances through life with a smile and hugs for everyone she meets. Up until Thanksgiving of this year, she was a normal healthy, joyful, active girl who was ahead of her age group in many areas and thriving every day. Her family suddenly noticed a large hematoma on her chin and another on her hip, and saw a doctor “just in case.”

Katelyn’s doctor recognized that something was seriously wrong, and immediately admitted her to the hospital for testing. Since that day, Katelyn has been in and out of the hospital and has undergone countless tests, blood draws, transfusions, surgery to implant a Broviach Central Line, and two Bone Marrow Biopsies.

Katelyn has been diagnosed with a rare condition called Aplastic Anemia, which is a disease of the bone marrow. It happens when the bone marrow stops making enough red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets for the body. Any blood cells the marrow does make are normal, but there are not enough of them.

The next step in Katelyn’s treatment is Immunosuppressive drug therapy, which lowers your body’s immune response with the use of two drugs, anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) plus cyclosporine. This prevents your immune system from attacking your bone marrow, lets stem cells grow back, and raises blood counts.  About 8 out of 10 patients have a positive response to this treatment.

The combination of the Immunosuppressive drugs and Katelyn’s weakened immune system create a situation where she is likely to become very sick throughout the next few months.  Doctors have advised them to prepare to be by her side as they monitor her closely and make this healing process as comfortable as possible. Her family strongly believe in the power of positive thinking, and have gone to great lengths to make Katelyn’s healing journey a magical adventure. She has lots of stuffed animals lining her hospital bed, and the family has nicknamed her IV pole her “robot” and joke that Robot talks to her sometimes when it is beeping.

She loves the TV show Doc McStuffins and has her own pink sparkly Doctor kit so she can give her stuffed friends medicine and take their vitals while the nurses take hers. Katelyn has shown tremendous strength and resilience as she finds ways to laugh and smile every day despite feeling scared and in pain.

Although her family is blessed with an incredible support system of family and friends that circle Katelyn with love, prayers, support, and reminders that she is not alone. Her family will be out of work and need a place to be close to Katelyn.

This is where Hearts that Care comes in.  Hearts that Care is looking for a loaner RV or Trailer that Katelyn’s family can use for the next two months (minimum) while they stay at Kaiser in Roseville.  They will be at the hospital 24-7 and this would be a miracle for them.  Kaiser at Roseville, actually offers full hookup and security for the trailer or RV and make it very easy for the family to stay close by Katelyn while she goes through her treatment.

If you or anyone you know has access to trailer that you are willing to lend out for Katelyn and her family, please contact Denyce Skiff of Keller Williams at 916-825-05361. OR   dskiff@kw.com

For More Information visit Kateyln’s Website:  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kissesforkatelyn/journal/view/id/52c269eeab28b98869bde401

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