How long have you been fighting?
I was diagnosed with cancer on June 13, 2014
Heart and Love
I have two awesome brothers, Daniel and Valentino.
Michelle Cruz at 6 years old was diagnosed with AML in June, 2014. Presenting symptoms were nose bleeding and unusual bruising. The doctors said she was fine – then a fever developed and medicines didn’t work. She complained of pain in her hip. A relative who was a nurse raised even more concern. Michelle’s blood work was not good and she was taken to the emergency room – then to the hospital with concerns about her blood.
On July 2, 2014 Chemo started at the Golisano Children’s Medical Hospital. She underwent 5 cycles of chemotherapy until 11-10-14.
Christmas Day 2014, Michelle began having trouble with breathing and her heath – not eating. Weekly appointments were attending to check her blood. After two months she was not doing well. We found out her heart was damaged from cancer and chemo treatments.
February 16-28 2015 she had to receive special care for her heart.
December 12th 2015 she presented a fever. The cancer came back and she was given two more cycles of Chemo treatments until February 2016. The she was transferred to John Hopkins Children’s hospital in Tampa to get bone marrow transplant. She was in the hospital for 40 days and then transferred to the Ronald McDonald house in St Pete for several months.
June 17th 2016 Michelle returned home and continues going to clinics for blood work weekly. She has been getting Chemo at John Hopkins.