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Olivia Gardner’s Fight!!

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Raised by 265 people in 9 months
Created May 10, 2018
Olivia's story began on 4/4/2018 after a routine blood draw revealed a low platelet count. Repeat draws showed her white, red and platelet counts drifting down. Olivia felt fine even with these decreasing numbers. They were referred to Hematologist at NW Medicine/Lurie Children's Hospital on 4/16/2018. They  quickly began to do a series to tests to diagnosis the cause of the low counts. On 4/24/2018 Olivia was admitted into the hospital for critically low blood counts. They first treated her with an IVIG infusion to rule out a condition called ITP. Unfortunately Olivia did not respond to this treatment, so on 4/25/2018 Olivia underwent a bone marrow biopsy. The bone marrow smear  resembled a rare blood disorder called  Aplastic Anemia. Olivia was stabilized with two platelet transfusions and released home later that week. The family was tested for a bone marrow match for a possible transplant. While waiting for results she was seen in the clinic twice a week for blood draws and transfusions. On 5/1/2018 we received final bone marrow results confirming diagnosis of Aplastic Anemia. On 5/9/2018 they were informed that there was not a 10/10 match in our family or in the donor data base to do a transplant. It was at  this point they met again with Olivia's team of doctors to establish a treatment plan with Immunosuppressive Therapy. On 5/14/2018 Olivia will be admitted into ICU to begin treatment. This has turned the entire family upside down. They continue to stay positive and are very thankful for their family , friends and the team of doctors and nurses. Please continue to keep Olivia in your prayers.!!! 
As you all know medical treatment, time off from work, and travel back and forth to the hospital will take its toll on this family. 
Hoping to raise some money to help During this very stressful time for Dennis, Kathy and Jillian and of course, Olivia!  Please keep prayers coming and keep Olivia and all of the Gardner’s in your daily thoughts
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January 10th
Journal entry by Kathy Gardner — Jan 10, 2019

It’s been 34 weeks since Olivia began treatment. She has been through so much and is still in this battle. Her blood counts remain in a partial response range, meaning she hoovers around half of the low end of normal values. She is still dependent on daily medication and IV fluids. After a bout of the dreaded stomach flu we enjoyed a great Christmas surrounded by our family. Olivia’s blood counts dropped drastically from the virus but slowly recovered. She continues to be a partial home bound student at school and travels to clinic 1-2 times a week for blood draws and treatments. We continue this battle and pray for her blood counts to increase. The doctors need her counts to be higher before they consider tapering medication. We know most people don't see what Olivia goes through everyday but the side affects and the daily grind of this disease are really tough. Olivia is an amazing young lady! Please continue to pray for Olivia to find the strength to continue to be strong! Olivia is still without a match in the national bone marrow donor bank, so please continue to spread the word about becoming a bone marrow donor.
Thank you for your prayers
#Oliviastrong❤️

Check out #Oliviastrong DKMS Virtual Donor Drive page - https://dkmsgetinvolved.org/virtualDrive/5bbccd3eeae11d379d376b8f
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Update Oct 5th
Please become a donor!!❤️❤️❤️
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September 8
This is the latest update for Olivia.
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We would like reach out to as many people as we can & attempt to express how grateful we feel for all the amazing support our family has received over the last few months. Olivia’s diagnosis has devastated our family as you can imagine. The generosity and love we have been given from our family, friends, & our entire community has meant more to our family than we can ever tell you! There is no way we can ever express to each and every one of you just how thankful we are and how you have helped Olivia in her battle. Please know that we feel so blessed for this amazing support! Please continue to pray for Olivia as she continues to face this challenge and know that she finds strength from all of you!

Love ,

Dennis, Kathy, Jillian, & Olivia Gardner
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Raised by 265 people in 9 months
Created May 10, 2018
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