Over the next year, Kiara maintained an amazingly positive attitude while undergoing chemotherapy and rigorous PT/OT to regain strength and balance in her lower limbs and to minimize the progression of her scoliosis. She and her parents, Lisa and Todd, celebrated major milestone victories, including wiggling her toes, re-learning to walk with a walker, then crutches, then by herself(!), going back to school, and riding a bike!
After a few months of recurring fevers, multiple ear infections, and an increasingly heavy sleep schedule, six-month-old Eleanor was diagnosed with High-Risk Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). The first month of treatment was rocky - she stopped nursing, sitting up, cooing, and even smiling, all while undergoing surgery, scans, a bone marrow biopsy, multiple blood transfusions, and a host of chemotherapies.