Kaidence Sletto

$7,900 of $18,000 goal

Raised by 79 people in 7 months
Created December 18, 2017
Right around thanksgiving Kaidence became very sick with what we thought was just a respiratory virus and stomach bug in one. She continued to get better throughout the week and in the last week and a half all she had was a productive cough and low grade fever. We continued thinking she was just trying to kick this virus. Brought her in for a second time after 2 weeks of being sick, told us it was still just a virus and sent us home again.  During these few weeks we also noticed bruising that started out just a couple bruises here and there, fast forward to now and its all over her body. We thought "oh she's 2, Kaidence is a wild child." The night of December 16th we noticed the glands in the back of her neck were swollen so figured "ok lets bring her in 1 more time to the clinic and get some answers because she just isn't getting better, maybe its strep."

December 17th our lives changed forever. Kyle brought Kaidence into the clinic to run a strep test and also some blood work because we didn't think this was just a virus, having such swollen glands just didn't seem normal. 2 hours later the Doc came in to give Kyle the news alone. I was home making pancakes that morning, we had Ayla (her older sister) that weekend along with our 2 nieces Bristol and Brooklynn. Doc came in told Kyle you need to go to Minneapolis right away. Kaidence's white blood cell count was nearly 600,000 we think she may have leukemia.  For someone her age it should be roughly between 5-12,000 a little more with a infection or virus. Kyle called me as soon as he left the clinic and told me the news over the phone. I yelled at him and called him a liar and begged him to be joking. He had to hear this news alone and I was hysterical to say the least. I will never forget everything I felt in this exact moment. It was the worst day of our lives. We continued our drive to Minneapolis, hoping when we got there they would do there testing and tell us it was all a mistake. When the words “your daughter has leukemia” came out of the Dr’s mouth, we didn't want to believe it, we wanted this to just be some kind of bad dream.....but it wasn't it was so real and everything happened so fast. Who knew your life could change so much in such a split second.

That night they stuck her 5 times to try and find a good vein for her 1st IV of 5 total. She was awake for this and screamed and cried like none other. They ended up needing to put her in a medically induced coma so they could do a procedure called leukophoresis. I cannot describe the what it felt like to have to kiss my baby girl and tell her I loved her one last time, as we didn’t know when she would come out of this coma or if she would come out of this coma. It was so painful to have to watch her go through all of this in just the first night but this was only the beginning. The beginning of a very long journey. 

Our beautiful little girl has leukemia, a blood cancer, our free spirited, full of life little girl. It breaks our hearts, its a feeling I cannot even describe, the worst possible feeling no parent should have to feel. The good news is, it is cure-able, not that having cancer let alone a child is anything but good, it is curable, and for that we are thankful.

It will be a long journey but our beautiful girl is sooo strong and tough I know she will pull through and kick cancer in the butt! Any donations will help tremendously with gas, medical bills, etc. Kaidence is such a wild and sweet loving little girl, we hope to see her back to her spunky self soon. Thank you all for you love and support, it truly means the world to us!
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UPDATE ON KAIDENCE AND HER TREATMENTS

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter, I know we sure did!

Yesterday was quite the day for us. Kyle went back to work for the season (for those who don’t know his job is seasonal), so it was our very first appointment, of many to come, without Kaidence having her daddy by her side but we managed to do just fine.

Kaidence started the day with occupational therapy (which she gets weekly), then found out she needed yet another platelet transfusion on top of her chemo, then ended the appointment with physical therapy (also weekly). All of her counts continued to drop within the last week besides her hemoglobin, her Immune system still 0, low platelets and low WBC. Plus she has a cold so we will be stuck at home this week and recheck labs next Monday.

The week of the 16th Kaidence and I will be in the cities for the last week of Consolidation. She will be getting a chemo medication call NELARABINE which needs to be taken daily for 5 days in a row.

We also got what they call her roadmaps for the next phase of her treatment. Her roadmaps tell us what chemo she gets and when throughout the next 2 months of treatment and we didn’t get the ideal news we were hoping for. The next phase is called Interim Maintenance. Within the next 2 months we have 4 day hospital stays every other week for the whole 2 months. So that will be a total of 4 hospital stays for Kaidence, Emersyn, and myself. The hospital stays are due to one of the chemo medications Kaidence will be getting called HIGH DOSE METHOTREXATE. It runs over the course of 24 hours and before we leave the hospital it has to be completely out of her body which generally only takes a few days. This is something that has to be done at Children’s in Minneapolis and we will be starting this the week of April 23rd or week of May 7th depending on how fast Kaidence’s blood counts can recover and what the Doc says.

This wont be easy for us, with having a newborn baby come April 30th and just the fact that the first 2 months of Emersyn’s life is gonna be spent in a hospital room as Kaidence gets pumped full of poison being sick and tired, when it should be spent at home doing nothing more but enjoying being a big sister, is just so emotionally draining just to even think about. Its gonna be a rough 2 months but we will push through, we will find the light, and we will make these 2 months as enjoyable as we possibly can for our girls.

Today Kyle got sent home early and got put on lay off once again until further notice due to the weather. As much as we love having him home, we really need him back at work because unemployment checks just doesn’t cut it. I would like to say we dont need help but that’s not the case either. I never thought in my life we would ever have to result to this, result to asking for help but hard times call for hard measures. We want to thank everyone that has donated and prayed for us and continue to love and support us, words just are not enough to express how much we appreciate it. If you are able to donate, every little bit helps with Kaidence’s medications, transportation, food during hospital stays, and medical bills not covered by insurance. Again thank you all for everything! When they say it takes a village they weren’t kidding!
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There isn’t enough words to describe how incredibly thankful we are for everyone! ❤️
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SATURDAY 12/23

So just a little update from yesterday and plans moving forward. Yesterday they gave Kaidence a feeding tube (NJ tube) so she can get the nutrition she needs, it is only temporary until she can eat on her own. Today they decided it would be best to put a PIC line in for access for her chemotherapy so the can take out some of the other temporary lines they have, so they are gonna try making that happen today. They will be waiting a few weeks to put the port in until her blood counts start to recover a little more from the chemo. If she does well today and tomorrow there is a possibility that she could come off the ventilator tomorrow. She will also be getting another platelet transfusion today and her second round of chemo tomorrow. Thank you everyone for being patient with us things change so quickly here! Again we appreciate all the love and support people have been giving us thank you all for praying for us, theres just not enough words in the world to express how much it means to us! ❤️

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For those of you who don’t know Kaidence heres just a small picture of what shes like. Kaidence is a very wild and free spirited little girl. You can always count on her to turn your frown upside down. And nothing is more contagious than her laugh. She has such a big personality and she is so strong willed. More often then not you will catch her singing and dancing, that little girl is our dancing queen! I kid you not we have daily dance parties as she likes to call it! What melts my heart more than anything is the love she has for others especially her baby sibling in mommy’s tummy. Its become a nightly routine that before she goes to bed she always feels the need to come kiss my tummy, oh and always has to pull my shirt up to do it. I can just hear her now “love you baby Em” as she says at least 10 times a day! This girl has a heart of gold and she always leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes! No family should have to know what this feels like and no child should have to either! Ive never never such pain but I know our little angel is such a fighter and I know she will kick cancers ass! Please share our story to help spread awareness!
#kaidencestrong #kickcancersass
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