9:30 PM, March 20th, 2017, Georgia’s family received an urgent phone call from her family doctor telling them to rush her to the nearest emergency room. Georgia, who would turn two the following month, had a rock-hard stomach and tiny pin-prick bruises that ran up both her legs and they were starting to creep up her back. On that Monday night, as the family rushed to the hospital, they didn’t know what was wrong and they feared the worse.
Georgia and Rayne, identical twin sisters who, for the first two years of their lives, did everything together. They laughed, played and loved, but one-night things would change forever. Georgia would go down a path on her own, but not alone. A path that not only would change their lives, but their entire families as well and the loss of one beloved member. With her Great-Grandmother and Great Uncle in attendance the emergency room doctor would confirm that Georgia had Acute Lymphoma Leukemia and would be rushed to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis where she would begin her treatments. After the first stage of treatments called Induction she would be labeled as high risk and put on the St. Jude protocols. Induction involves the patient being admitted into the hospital for an entire month where she was given all sorts of treatments from chemo to steroids, bone marrow tests and spinal taps. However, Georgia wasn’t alone. Her Great Grandmother Sharron, Great Uncle Raymond and twin sister Rayne were allowed to stay with her in her room. At one point for a couple of weeks she lost the ability to walk. She also got bloated from all the steroids she was given.
After coming home, she started the next phase called Consolidation. It was during this phase that the Thornton family endured their heaviest loss yet. On July 5th, 2017 Georgia was given a new chemo called Peg-Esperiginas. She had an immediate and severe reaction that without the amazing work by her doctors and nurses could have killed her. Later that day, after witnessing that horrible event, Georgia’s wonderful Great Grandmother and Co-Guardian would collapse from a brain hemorrhage caused by the pressure of that day. She went into a coma and would pass-on eleven days later. The cancer had taken one life. Now what was four would now be three,
As the Summer ended treatments would continue going from one phase into another. She would later get the flu twice that Fall and Winter and go through many extended hospital stays. As Spring of 2018 and the twins third birthday approached, her body began to recover as she entered into the last and longest phase of treatments, Maintenance. Her hair started to grow back and surprisingly not like it was before. What was brown straight hair is now blonde wavy hair. She could physically keep up with her sister again and was running and playing once more. She still has more than a years’ worth of treatments to go, but as of now she is doing exceptionally well. We hope and pray that Georgia will continue to heal, and her cancer leaves her body and never returns.