13 Feb '17, 5pm
Saved by her twin sister, Katherine, now 31, celebrates her survival every day.
I was your typical 14 year old teenager who always enjoyed spending time with friends and playing sports. On and off for about two years, my parents would take me to see different doctors to figure out why I had aches and pains, stomach issues and fatigue. When I tried out for the middle school volleyball team, I remember that every time the ball bounced off my arms it would leave a terrible bruise. I wore arm pads in hopes it would help, but unfortunately it didn’t, so I had to stop playing. It was when I went to a podiatrist for foot pain that I learned what was about to come. The doctor was alarmed by all the bruising and suggested I have blood work to rule out rheumatoid arthritis. After going for blood work, my pediatrician called with the results. It was just a few days after Christmas when my parents were told to immediately bring me to the pediatric hematology/onco...