Jillie is the oldest of 5 kids and has never met a stranger because she makes friends wherever she goes. She was active in 4H as secretary and raising rabbits. Jillie was in all pre AP classes as a sophmore. She was planning to graduate with both her high school diploma and her associates degree. This girl is not intimidated by anything, including Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML.
AML affects the myeloid cells of the blood and accounts for 20% of leukemia patients.
Jillie was diagnosed with AML on November 14, 2016 after being excessively tired and experiencing nausea. She then spent 145 days inpatient without being released. She transfered to the hospital school and maintained her advanced placement studies. This girl took the pediatric floor on and made amazing friends!
Being surrounded by so many amazing people led Jillie to choose her career path; pediatric oncology nurse! Her graduation options have changed but her goals have not. Currently Jillie is in remission, going to church, watching baseball games, playing with her 4 younger siblings and enjoying life! Cancer has changed Jillie’s life and the lives of her 4 little siblings and myself. It tried to break us, but just taught us how to bend.