Abby is battling pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. To understand leukemia better, Smart Parenting asked Dr. Manolito H. Libongco to explain the abnormalities in the body that cause the disease.
“Leukemia develops when progenitor (ancestor or parent) cells mutate and lose their control mechanism to stop dividing,” he illustrates. “It divides into numerous useless immature cells (younger versions of the white blood cells) called ‘blast’. These cells are ravenous, having the capability to grab nutrients from the normal cells and grow and multiply until they overcome the bone marrow.”
He added that acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which Abby has, is most common in children. There's reassuring news, however: Dr. Libongco said that ALL has a significant cure rate with treatment.
In the picture below, we see Abby receiving treatment at Melodies Center for Childhood Cancers. The nurse treating her is Matt Hickling.
Over time, the two developed a bond until one day, Abby decided that she wanted to marry her favorite nurse. A day before mother and daughter were set to visit the center again, Abby’s mom told Matt of Abby’s intentions to marry him. Without a moment to lose, he sprang into action!
The very next day, with the help of a handful of doctors and nurses, everything was already arranged for the little wedding: cake, decorations, ring pops, a wedding car and even flowers (which were generously provided by a local florist).
Abby came in a beautiful white dress and Matt looked dapper in a tuxedo t-shirt.
Hickling wrote about the eventful day in a Facebook post. “Our patient shyly asked me to marry her. I didn't hesitate to say yes, I got a HUGE hug and we sealed the deal with ring pops being placed on our fingers!"
Sources: July 19, 2015. "4-Year-Old Cancer Patient 'Marries' Her Favorite Nurse". huffingtonpost.com July 18, 2015. "A 4-Year-Old-Cancer Patient “Married” Her Favorite Nurse In An Adorable Ceremony". buzzfeed.com