Breona – Forever 14

Breona – Forever 14

Please remember Breonna’s family in your prayers. Breonna passed away on October 27, 2004 around 9:30 am after a 2.5 year battle with Bio Phenotypic Leukemia. She will be greatly missed.

Breonna is truely one of God’s Angels now … watch the stars there will be a very bright one shine at night … afterall even angels have their porch lights that shine … and Breonna’s shines bright.

My name is Breonna Cooper and I am 12 years old. I had the life of a normal typical 12 year old kid until August 26, 2002. August 26, 2002, was a day which I will never forget. My mother took me to the doctor thinking I may have a sinus infection or strep throat. After drawing blood, chest x-ray’s and blood cultures, I was admitted into Emory Medical in Cartersville, GA. My hemoglobin was point 6. I needed blood. The next day I was transferred to Scottish Rite’s Hospital (Children’s Health Care of Atlanta). I believe that my doctor in Cartersville knew what was wrong but he would not diagnose me, he wanted me to see a specialist. My room was on the 3rd floor. This floor is for children with sickle cell, brain tumors and like me Leukemia. Yes, they told my mother I had Leukemia. For 2 weeks, they didn’t know what type of Leukemia that I had so they started treating me for ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). My body was not responding to the treatment. The treatment was not killing any of the cancer cells in my blood. The doctors came back and said they were going to treat me for AML (Acute Muelogenous Leukemia) and at this time they knew what kind of Leukemia that I had.

My diagnosis was eventually determined to be BPL (Bio Phenotypic Leukemia), a cross between AML (Acute Muelogenous Leukemia) and ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). The treatment is much harder than that of an ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) diagnosis. Since there is not a chemotherapy treatment for BPL, I have been receiving chemotherapy for AML.

AML (Acute Muelogenous Leukemia) chemotherapy has caused me to have a lot of side affects such as:

– Loss of hair
– The burning of the insides of my hands and the bottom of my feet to the point of not being able to walk for 3 or more days. The burning would cause blisters on my hands and feet preventing me from using them.
– Mucositis – Mucositis is an inflammation and ulceration of the lining of the mouth, throat or gastrointestinal tract most commonly associated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer.
– Legions on my lungs
– Severe weight loss. I am 5’2″ and at one point I only weighed 92 pounds.
– Discoloration of my skin
– Mouth sore down through my esophagus into my stomach. I was not able to eat for nearly a month.
– I was in and out of PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) for several months.

The list goes on …

Through it all, I have learned to trust in Jesus. He has brought me through every time. After everything that I have gone through, I stand today in what the medical field calls remission, but I know that by the strips of Jesus, I am healed. Isaiah 53:3,4 and 5 states it and I believe it. The word of God was spoken over me constantly, prayers were prayed and Jesus answered.

I saw my mother cry in the midst of all of this and saying to me, “I’m crying because I don’t want you to go through this and it hurts my flesh but I want you to know, we do not walk in the flesh, we walk by faith and not by sight. These tear have not changed my faith.” She was continuously telling me to hold on and not to give up and “God has brought you through and he took care of Leukemia on the cross. Leukemia has already been bore, we are just going through the process.” the doctors would come in and tell us things and I would look at my mom’s reactions. I can say there is not a lot that moves my mom. She stood by my side and is still standing. I remember one of my trips to the PICU because I was bleeding internally. the nurses were moving so fast. I looked at my mom cleaning and preparing to go to the PICU. She turned and looked at me in the middle of the move. Mom said, “Breonna look at me. Do I look upset?” I shook my head, “No.” Mom responded, “Then don’t let this upset you. Remember ..” Then I completed the sentence for her, “We are going through a process.” I then knew that I would be all right.

I am to have a Bone Marrow Transplant in February 2003. My mom and a lot of people are praying for me. Please keep me in your prayers.

Breonna LaShay Cooper

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Breonna and her family was the first family the Wishes 4 Me Foundation assisted. The foundation assisted Breonna’s family with expenses when Breonna’s mom was not able to work to care for Breonna. Breonna mom was the only income into their family. Financial problems followed the family when full time care was needed for Breonna. The foundation rounded up assistance from the community to help the family. Breonna’s Family did have a Christmas in 2002 filled with presents, prayers and a lot of love.

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