Diagnosed with rare form of ALL
Philadelphia Chromosome Positive
To see Bryna with friends one would never guess she was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of two. She's battled this ugly disease since 2004 and thought it was gone until Valentine's Day of 2008 when the relapse not only occurred, but showed that she has a rare form of ALL called Philadelphia Chromosome Positive which makes the cancer more aggressive.
Bryna not only battled and won the first round of ALL, but bravely went on to fight Valley Fever for another year in between bouts of cancer. With the onset of the 2nd round of cancer, the best option to treat and hopefully conquer this disease was to approach the illness with another life threatening process -- a bone marrow transplant. The medical teams quickly tracked down a donor and the transplant was scheduled for July 11, 2008. At seven years of age, Bryna has have over 50 spinal taps and bone marrow aspirations, well over 150 needle pokes and more than half her life focused in the medical world. She's still unaware of each battle as being a hurdle, but merely another day of pokes and meds and knows that "soon" she'll be able to see her friends and her own room again.
Meanwhile, she's kept everyone smiling and laughing with her artwork, antics, joy of life and sense of humor, she even created a "Crazy Hat Day" to motivate others in the Bone Marrow Transplant wing to look for shiny parts of the days.
She continues to be unaware of all the challenges she has faced and may still have to face, but keeps focusing on celebrating her 8th birthday on March 28, 2009 in Disneyland.