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Nine-year-old Kaylah Blackwell’s brain tumor journey began four years ago.
“She was running through the house and she came to me and said, ‘Mommy, my eyes went out,” says her mother, DeShawna.
A CAT scan revealed that Kaylah’s intermittent blindness was a side effect of hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid on the brain, caused by a brain tumor the size of a freckle.
Doctors monitored her progress for several years. When an MRI showed growth in Kaylah’s tumor in 2014, she started chemotherapy. Her treatments will continue until this fall.
Despite her illness, the now youngster from Georgia doesn’t complain, says her mom.
“She’s a strong little girl,” DeShawna says. “If this little person can deal with this and not complain, everything in my world doesn’t compare.”
Kaylah often spends her days enjoying neighborhood puppies, playing soccer, competing in pageants or making her own talk show on YouTube. She hopes to become a teacher or a nurse when she grows up.
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