In May of 2014, at a very young age of three, Aeryn DeKrey’s parents learned that their daughter had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML); not something that any child of any age should have to endure and not something any parent ever thinks they will hear.
Sweet Aeryn, from Grand Forks, underwent treatment for eight months. She has a very good outlook and both she and her parents are hopeful that her bone marrow continues to stay healthy, although they must remain vigilant as she gets older because of other possible secondary cancers that can be caused by chemo. Monitoring is something that will be a life-long duty for her and her family.
Fear of the unknown is something with which every cancer family deals. There is the constant fear of the effects of cancer treatment. There is also a higher than normal chance that she will not be able to have children someday due to the many treatments she had.
Other chemo effects are lung scarring and chronic asthma, from which complications have resulted in hospitalizations. Again, this is not something a young girl should have to worry about. Nonetheless, she has support from family and friends to help her cope, along with the support of organizations like Brave the Shave.
Aeryn will be continuing her annual check-ups at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, to ensure that her bone marrow transplant is still working. She must also see an endocrinologist on a yearly basis to ensure there are no developmental side effects from the treatment that Aeryn received.
Today, Aeryn is a happy and healthy nine-year-old girl who is active in choir, church, school and enjoys Girl Scouts along with her mom. She assists with worship services and loves it. She also loves Pokémon, LOL Dolls, and anything to do with LEGOs. She also cheers on her home team, attending as many UND hockey games with her family as she can.
One day, she hopes to become a geologist, studying how the earth operates! The future looks bright for this girl.