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Gabby Galarneau Medical Fund

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Raised by 266 people in 20 months
Created November 2, 2017
One of the brightest stars of our community is in need of our immediate help. Gabby Galarneau, a 13 year old in our Santa Clarita Valley family, has been diagnosed with bone cancer. Those of us who know Gabby know she’s a wonderful friend - and one of the most generous, dedicated, funny, and caring people you will ever know. It’s time to rally for Gabby’s fight and help be the strength she needs to beat this new challenge. Currently she is undergoing tests in preparation for her treatment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. We know the fight will be long and expensive. We are working together trying to help the family and to relieve some of the financial stress. Please donate now!
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April 23, 2019
Journal entry by Kristi Galarneau — 49 minutes ago

9 month scans yesterday..... results today. Kidney stones, gallstones and some other heath related crap thanks to high doses of toxic chemo, but her lungs look good, no new nodules, so we will take it. Next set of scans (bone scan, chest ct, echo of heart and blood work) scheduled for 7/22 with results to follow 7/23. Ironically a year to the day that Gabby rang the bell and completed treatment. The wheelchair is gone, crutches are gone, PT still happening 2x a week, working on balance and gaining back muscle and strength. 7 days left to purchase the socks Gabby designed for St. Baldrick’s. Money is desperately needed to fund childhood cancer research. While I am beyond grateful Gabby is still cancer free, the long term effects of the chemos she received that she now has to deal, with for the rest of her life, blows. Quality of life should not have to be traded for kids to be cancer free. Her treatment is over 40 yrs old..... let that sink in. No new drugs or chemo to treat osteosarcoma in over 40 years...... Thank you for all the prayers and continued support. We will continue to fight the fight and share her story, the real and raw version, because fighting cancer, surviving cancer is not pretty — it is messy as hell. We need 4yrs 3months more of clean scans before we can truly exhale, but for now will take 9 months of being cancer free and 3 more months of living BIG before we hold our breath once again.
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3 month scans
Journal entry by Kristi Galarneau — 1 hour ago

I know an update is long overdue, life is crazy and somewhat controlled chaos. Gabby continues to have PT 2x a week down at CHLA and while PT is hard, she is doing amazing. When she started PT some 6 weeks ago and they first measured how straight she could get her leg she was at -45 degrees. At yesterday’s session she got to -12 degrees. She has a ways to go before it is fully straight, and a ways to go before she will be able to walk unassisted, but she is getting there. Nov 12 she will be having her leg “cast” and at night when she sleeps the cast will go on to further help get that leg straight.

Last Thursday she finally got her hearing aids and has a love/hate relationship with them :/ They help her hear but take some getting used to and now she can’t pretend to not hear me :)

School is still challenging but she is getting the work done and for the most part staying on track. With PT 2x a week and often either an ortho appt or some other appt it is hard to get a full day of school work in and she gets frustrated when she gets behind. She really wants to go to school with her friends and gets bummed she is missing out on a normal 9th grade year but knows it is temporary and as soon as she is physically able to go school she will have the normal she is missing.

Her first set of 3 month scans post treatment were yesterday and needless to say there was a lot of scanxiety in the house the past few weeks. A lot of worry and what if and mixed emotions.

A year ago today Gabby had xrays done on her leg because she had been having knee pain. Xrays showed a tumor, later diagnosed as osteosarcoma. Today we met with her oncologist to get the results from her first 3 month post treatment scan. Scans showed kidney stones and gallstones ‍♀️ but NO CANCER ! We need to have 5 years of clear scans before we can really celebrate, but every 3 month scan that is clear the next 5 yrs is worth celebrating as her chance of recurrence is 50%. Today we all exhaled and will breath a little easier every day until Jan 28 when she has her next set of scans. No idea when/why/how kidney stones and gallstones entered the picture but she has zero symptoms, no pain, etc so unless they become an issue and start causing pain there is no plan to treat them, remove her gall bladder, etc.

Tomorrow is the day I received the phone call that forever changed our lives and began day 1 of inpatient hospital stays and Gab’s journey with cancer.

Tomorrow will be nothing like last year— we will not be in the hospital, Gab won’t be poked and sent for test after test after test. Tomorrow Gabby will be dressing up, going trick or treating with her best friend and while she will be in a wheelchair, she will not be a teenager with cancer spending Halloween in the hospital What a difference a year can make!
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Round 17 complete
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Down to just one....
Journal entry by Kristi Galarneau — 11 hours ago

Round 17 is done. We are still inpatient until atleast Tuesday but the actual infusion is over. Last night was rough. It has been a month since Gabby last had this chemo and we
both sort of forgot how awful it is. Within seconds of the infusion starting she started puking and continued to puke on and off over the next 4 hours and needed to go to the bathroom every 30minutes. When she wasn’t puking or going to the bathroom she was in pain and felt like crap so she was crying, whining, whimpering, etc until the infusion stopped at 530a. Neither one of us got any sleep at all last night. She finally settled into a somewhat deep sleep around 9a and has only been up to go to the bathroom (she is being pumped with a ridiculous amount of fluids to flush the chemo out) and visit with the dogs that stopped by today.

They will do a 24hr level check tonight around 1a and then another at the 48hr mark and the 72hr mark. Once she clears chemo we will be discharged. One more round of this crap and hopefully she never has to deal with chemo and hospital stays ever again!
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