12:12 2016 Meet Kyla


December 5, 2016

     “I’m Kyla Pokorny, and I am a 19 year old cancer survivor. It all started when I was 14 years old. I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma bone cancer of my scapula. I underwent a year of chemotherapy and a scapula resection which led me to be cancer free for 15 months. After those 15 months, a scan showed that my cancer had reoccurred in two places in my head and I would undergo 2 years of more intense chemotherapy which also was successful for a short time. After those 2 years, I was cancer free for 6 months and I moved to the University of Connecticut to attend nursing school and it wasn’t even a month into school when I developed new pains and was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma for the 3rd time (September of 2015). This time it was in many places. Since September 2015 the cancer has taken off, it has spread to most of my spine, my pelvis and hips, my legs, my arm and all over my skull. I have been doing a lot of radiation therapies because the chemo doesn’t seem to work very well for me anymore and I’ve been trying different trials and regimens to try and find one that might work. All you can do it make the most out of every day and hope for a miracle.
     While these past 5.5 years seem like a big gigantic mess, I like to think of it more as a gift. It sounds crazy because at the time when I was diagnosed I hated the world for doing this to me and I was sure nothing good would come of it. But looking back, having cancer made me fully appreciate life and everything it has to offer. It taught me to be optimistic. I look at my glass as overflowing from the top, rather than pouring out from the bottom. I have learned to be so busy loving my life that I haven’t had time for anything else. I’ve learned that no matter how difficult things seem, there is always hope. I’ve learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones, as long as you have people who love you. I’ve learned that gratitude is everything and life is so rewarding when you look for the beauty in everyday things. I’ve learned that attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.
     I have had many amazing people come into my life throughout this journey that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise, including Mr. and Mrs. Basso and everyone else involved with 1 Million 4 Anna that I have grown to know and love, so today, I’m most grateful for the work 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation is doing to work towards finding a cure for people like me and helping all of the others who are fighting this terrible disease- Ewing’s Sarcoma.”
Please consider donating to our 12/12 Campaign to fund Ewing’s Sarcoma RESEARCH - to help Kyla and too many other young warriors. Thank you!  https://www.1million4anna.org/donate-1212
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