We recently chatted with the Werth family about their cancer journey. Read this story to learn about Haylee’s diagnosis and treatment and resources that helped them along the way.
The family was at the Children’s hospital for 14 days doing tests. Kaylee and her husband don’t have a family history of cancer, so it was a shock when Haylee was diagnosed with Leukemia. They didn’t think it would happen to them. When tests came back, the family was told Haylee has Leukemia. The doctors told them they caught it early.
What is treatment like?
When Haylee was put on steroids for a week and then off for a week, it caused eating throughout the night, mood swings, and “puffy cheeks.'' These are hard side effects to deal with when you are six years old. Haylee was a great sport saying, “Look at my puffy cheeks!” when side effects began.
After 30 days of treatment, Haylee was in remission. Now she is in the maintenance phase, which includes going to Children’s Hospital in Omaha every 10 days for eight weeks for treatment. After that schedule it moves to 4 days in, 4 days out. Anytime Haylee has a fever, they have to go to the doctor to have a port inserted immediately because of her compromised immune system.
Haylee will be considered cured by 2023.
How the Werth family heard about HCF
Kayla’s parents have attended HCF events before. Kayla and her family even attended this year's Virtual Mardi Gras Gala via YouTube!
How HCF Helped
Kayla says, “It’s such a relief to have payments taken care of so I can focus on Haylee.” “I don’t know how I would do it without being with her right now.”
The Importance of Support
Kaylee relies on her family's support while their daughter is battling cancer. Their extended family lives in Lincoln and just outside of Lincoln. Kayla says, “...amazing support system. I don’t know how you would do it without.” She then says, “It is no good to worry about the future” as she explains how they are handling their day-to-day life.