The Secret Journal of Brett Colton. Author. Kay Lynn Mangum. She is the youngest of four children. Kay Lynn holds an associates degree from Dixie Junior College, and a bachelors degree in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing from Southern Utah University.
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Kay Lynn Mangum
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When I first accepted I was sick, I knew I’d reach a turning point, because I knew my life would never be the same again. I wasn’t able to choose to have leukemia any more than I was allowed to prepare for it. I knew I could either give up or else I could try to make sense of it and make the most of the time I had left. You were the one who pointed me in the right direction, who made me want to change my mind and choose to make the most of the time I had left. I’m grateful that at least I’d been given some time. People in fatal car accidents aren’t given any warning at all. At least I’ve been warned. I’ve been given the chance to say goodbye…
Kathy and the rest of her family have to deal with the death of Brett and it is very hard on all of them. They each handle his death in their own personal way.
Mrs. Colton- She was extremely upset to lose a child and keeps him in her memories all the time. She is always bringing up Brett like he were still around. She wears a locket around her neck with a picture of him inside.
Mr. Colton- He is having a hard time expressing his emotions from losing Brett, he knows he has to be strong for the whole family but it’s killing him inside. He buries himself in work to forget about the pain.
Baby Kathy “Kitty”- After Brett dies, she can’t sleep at night and fusses whenever anyone tries to comfort her. She knows her big brother Brett is gone and she makes her parents put her to sleep in Brett’s room everynight.
Alex & Sam- It is very hard on them to lose a sibling, they eventually go on with their lives but they are emotionally torn from the whole thing.
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How to understand Leukemia a little better
-In a person with leukemia, the bone marrow makes abnormal white blood cells. The abnormal cells are leukemia cells.
-Unlike normal blood cells, leukemia cells don't die when they should. They may crowd out normal white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. This makes it hard for normal blood cells to do their work.
Chronic: gets worse slowly, mostly found in older people
Acute: gets worse quickly, mostly found in children
1. Chemotherapy: the use of drugs or chemicals, often in combinations, to kill or damage cancer cells in the body.
*Chemotherapy’s main goal is to target the cancer cells and destroy them completely, the drugs do affect the normal cells as well, this causes certain side affects.
The main side effects include:
External beam radiation:A focused beam of radiation is delivered outside the body by a machine called a "linear accelerator" or "linac." The linear accelerator can move around the body to deliver radiation from various angles.
Radio immunotherapy: a radioactive molecule is attached to a monoclonal antibody to target certain types of cancer cells.
*Radiation Therapy, either alone or with chemotherapy, is used as a conditioning treatment to prepare a patient for a blood or marrow stem cell transplant.
Autologous Transplant:uses the patients own marrow. This marrow is collected while the patient is in remission, and may be treated with chemotherapy agents or monoclonal antibodies before being given back.
Allogenic Transplant: uses the marrow from a donor. The donor usually has to be a brother or sister with the same tissue type. If a sibling is not available, a search of the National Marrow Donor Program can search for a matched unrelated donor.
*Stem cell transplantation procedures continue to be improved as treatment options for patients with Leukemia.