12:12 2016 Meet Kaden


December 6, 2016

“Hello!! My name is Kaden Peebles. I will turn 19 years old this month and I am currently a pediatric cancer patient.
I was originally diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma half way through my junior year of high school. I cheered in high school and several doctors believed the pain I felt in my left hip was caused by a sports injury due to the intense tumbling and stunting my squad did. We finally decided I would need surgery to repair my labrum, so after 8 months of pain we had a plan. I had an MRI to see how extensive the damage was. Instead, the MRI showed a mass. I was then sent to Arkansas Children's Hospital for more testing. Two weeks later, I was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma. I met with my new Oncologist at ACH and he explained my plan of action for treatment. I spent the next year doing 17 inpatient rounds of chemo and 32 days of radiation. After treatment when my counts recovered, I was able to attend school for my last month of high school, graduate with my class, spend the summer in physical therapy so I could gain my strength back, and move into a dorm to begin college.
I felt like I could finally make a plan for my life, moving forward with cancer behind me. 7 weeks into my freshman year of college I began having headaches, which led to lab work, and finally a bone marrow biopsy due to low counts. On October 7, 2016, I was diagnosed with Secondary AML (Leukemia.) My new diagnosis date was a year to the date from my Ewing's remission date. My Leukemia diagnosis was caused by one of the chemo's I took during my treatment for Ewing's. It is crazy to think the medicine I took to save my life from one cancer, caused another cancer to grow in my body. We need funding for more research, so that one day other children do not have to worry about the same thing happening to them.
I have spent the last two months at my hospital in Arkansas. I received chemo, battled a tough fungal infection, and was diagnosed with migraines. As of last week I was transferred to a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. I am currently receiving chemo and I am expected to have a stem cell transplant at the beginning of 2017.
It's kind of funny looking back at my story and how much I have grown over the past two years. I had a "plan" so many times throughout my story, but I have learned that my story is all a part of God's plan for me. He has such a big plan for everyone, even if it's not what you expect.
I never expected to be diagnosed with cancer and even the second time it was unexpected to me. But because of my experience with childhood cancer, I am currently working on getting my degree in Child Life so that one day, I can help other children with cancer, like myself.
If you would also like to help children with cancer, please consider donating to the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation. Thanks to 1M4A and the Basso family for giving scholarships to Ewing's patients (including myself), supplying Anna's Closets in multiple hospitals, and funding research for this nasty disease.”

Please consider donating to our 12/12 Campaign to fund Ewing’s Sarcoma RESEARCH - to help Kaden and too many other young warriors. Thank you!  https://www.1million4anna.org/donate-1212
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