The Neverending Story

'The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.'
--John N Mitchell

We set up this website in late October for our wonderful, inquisitive, loving Aiyana. Yana is our eight year old daughter, sister, cousin, niece, friend and granddaughter who was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia (MPAL).

Aiyana had an amazing life and we are filled with hundreds of heartwarming memories. May all of us take to heart how much a little girl from Lockeford, CA, impacted the world and be reminded and inspired to never let the sun go down without living each day all the way through.

Her Spirit is in every Butterfly.


Over the Din

Chemo has not begun.

There was the seizure last Thursday, which was not a complete surprise since the anti-seizure medications had to be weaned out since they interact with the chemo drugs. But all sorts of evaluative tests had to follow.

And then there's the different types of leukemia to contend with. The Docs are still trying to identify and chart the most effective treatment for the dominant type first. We all want them to punch this right in the nose.

And yesterday a cavity in a baby tooth became another concern and it is being removed soon. No one wants to overlook any possible threat.

The place was packed when we arrived last night. Yana is so used to the din of a big family, I'm sure she took it in stride. But I know once treatment begins, and it looks like all systems are go for this week sometime, all of this will stop. We'll start calling ahead, stagger our visits, stop in briefly for playtime and hugs and be on our way. She needs healing rest and there's a ton of work ahead.


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