Yellow Station: Maeryn Kelly
On Father’s Day 2016, Maeryn was playing with some neighbor kids and got hit in the knee pretty hard. She got x-rays at urgent care and suspected a fracture that immobilized her leg. The next day, her family took her to an orthopaedist who reviewed the films, did NOT see a fracture, but told her to continue working with the physical therapist because Osgood-Slatter did seem probable. After several weeks of PT with no improvement and continued pain, Maeryn went for a second ortho consult, where she was referred directly to Cincinnati Children’s for suspected leukemia. They did not leave the hospital for 37 days. Maeryn has received exceptional care. Her family saw improvement immediately from the moment Maeryn started cancer treatment. She began walking without crutches within the first week. Her mother says that since you can’t SEE cancer, it was hard for her to believe that her daughter had it until she started to see the treatment really work. Maeryn is definitely beating it! She’s tolerated the chemo really well, for the most part. She’s experienced minimal nausea and pain. Her family has been well prepared for possible side effects so they haven't felt like anything has really shocked them. After all, hearing cancer was a big enough shock. The support they've had from the hospital, school, friends, family and the community has been astounding. Her mother says that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is was never a club she ever thought she'd join, but now that she's here, she realizes how big the club is "and they give great big hugs right when you need them"!