On June 13, 2014, my sweet daughter Krystina Sharpe Perry was diagnosed with PH positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Unfortunately, all her chemotherapy treatments didn't seem to work.
After a year of chemotherapy, Krystina and her doctor decided to do a stem cell (umbilical cord blood) transplant. She had the procedure on July 1, 2015 but her body couldn't fight the infections. With a low immune system and three trips to the intensive care unit, her kidneys, lungs and heart just couldn't continue to function.
Neutropenia, sepsis and respiratory issues set in and on July 15, 2015, my sweet Krystina went to be our guardian angel. Sadly, her leukemia was not what took her life. It was all the chemotherapy and radiation, which made her body unable to keep fighting.
We need an easier way to cure this horrible blood cancer, hopefully a less aggressive treatment so a body can build a stronger immune system while killing cells. A miracle I know, but I can only hope for others.
-- Suzie (Krystina's mother)