Touching Hearts At Last Breath-Original Story

Touching Hearts At Last Breath-Original Story

A strong young girl doesn't belong in a hospital leukaemia killing her slowly. But God gives his hardest battles to his strongest warriors.

Chapter 1

Prologue

A girl laying in a hospital bed, is not a pretty sight to see. Especially when that girl is too young to have a feeling of fulfilment about her life. A fourteen year old doesn't belong in a hospital, with people who love her crowded around her bedside, desperate to find some hope that she won't die. A fourteen year old girl who has only just finished 8th grade shouldn't have to fight for her life against leukemia, when she has already been told its probably too late. The treatments won't work. The cancer was found too late. She will die. Her family expects her to fight fate, but fighting fate is harder than you think it is.

This is Quarrah. She's fourteen, and she's the kindest person anyone who's talked to her has met. She doesn't deserve this. But God gives his hardest battles to his strongest warriors. Around Quarrah stand her family, and a handful of her close friends, who are staying with her until she's gone. The doctors have predicted this afternoon.

Leukemia is a cancer. There are four different types of it; chronic lymphocytic leukemia(CLL), acute myeloid leukemia(AML), chronic myelogenous leukemia(CML), and acute lymphocytic leukemia(ALL) which Quarrah has. Acute lymphocytic leukemia is the most common type of leukemia in children. It happens when the production of white blood cells is uncontrolled, and too many white blood cells are made, causing buildups White blood cells are needed, because they target and destroy viruses and bacteria. But the white blood cells that are produced are immature, and don't do their job of fighting off viruses. Also, the overproduction of white blood cells means that less red blood cells are created, and these carry oxygen throughout your body. This is what causes shortness of breath.

About five months ago, everything was fine. Quarrah was playing baseball, going to church, reading her bible, and performing all her normal summer activities. But something was different. She was spending most of her time outside, but she was pale as a snowflake. She started to get tired very easily, and she was always short on breath. Her mother noticed the symptoms of leukemia too late. It was a whole two months later when she recognized them. By the time she brought her daughter to the hospital, the doctors predicted it was too late, and she wouldn't respond to the treatments. About a week later, Quarrah was being rushed to induction chemotherapy. It didn't work, and Quarrah lost her beautiful black hair. The next day, she was given consolidation chemotherapy. This only made her even more tired, and she ended up getting an infection. Over the next few days, Quarrah was given maintenance chemotherapy, and central nervous system(CNS) prophylaxis-another type of chemotherapy. None of these were working, and Quarrah was told she has two months left to live.

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