Our hero, a beautiful, amazing, strong 15-year old girl, Mioné Malan, has been diagnosed with ABL (Acute Biphenotypic Leukemia) - a very aggressive blood cancer. They decided to call this cancer her "elephant" - because how do you eat an elephant? Bite by bite! In Afrikaans #stukkievirstukkie. You are welcome to follow her journey on her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stukkievirstukkie. They are awaiting feedback from their medical aid on whether or not they will pay for the next round of chemo. The unpaid medical aid bills have also started to show up. But more important, we need people to register as bone marrow donors as she will need a bone marrow transplant. South Africans can register here: https://sabmr.co.za/ (The South African Bone Marrow Registry).
- 12 June 2019 - Mioné presented with flu symptoms.As all parents do, her mom self-medicated as flue is a common illness.
- 14 June 2019 - She suddenly felt much worse and her mother decided to take her to the doctor - antibiotics would probably do the trick. On arrival at the doctor’s rooms her heart rate was 165. She was sent for emergency blood tests. Just as a precaution, while waiting for the blood test results, the doctor started treatment typically used for swine flu as a few cases have been reported.
- 20 June 2019 - After receiving the blood test results, their GP called Marinda. She was told that there is something suppressing Mioné's bone marrow. She was urged to return to the pathologists that same day for further blood tests - full blood count (5 tubes) and blood cell analysis tests (6 tubes). One after another test for viruses were returned as negative.
- 24 June 2019 - They were informed that there were cancer cells in her blood. That same afternoon they had to rush to Netcare Pretoria East.
- 25 June 2019 - A bone marrow biopsy was performed.
- 26 June 2019 - The J-Line implantation (for chemotherapy administration) was performed. Later that evening the diagnoses for cancer cells was confirmed to be positive.
- 27 June 2019 - Chemotherapy commenced (as it is a very aggressive blood cancer that she was diagnosed with).
Since being hospitalized she has only been home for 6 days in total. Her mother stays with her - the hospital now being her home and office. Her dad, Phillip, is at home to look after the two younger sisters - he visits twice a week. The two younger sisters have to visit with Mioné through a soundproof window using video calling. Mioné is always smiling, being so strong.Not only does this family need help - we are urgently in need of a suitable bone marrow donor. I urge you to please register as a bone marrow donor so that we can get this little lady healthy again! www.sabmr.co.za.