Meet A’Zyriah: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion
A’Zyriah is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from June 13-18, 2021. Through this event, A’Zyriah and her family will discuss her health journey, Children’s Health Children’s Medical Center Dallas’ role in providing her with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of patients like A’Zyriah.
As a 5-year-old, A’Zyriah was running around and playing, but some days she was just moving slow and didn't seem like herself. Then, her mother noticed A’Zyriah’s stomach was swollen, and she had purple and blue spots on her body.
After an appointment at Children’s Health Dallas, A’Zyriah was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“It was extremely stressful learning how to cope with the diagnosis,” says Schequila, A’Zyriah’s mother. “In adjusting to our new reality, I got fired then rehired and fired again because I could only have two weeks off.”
A'Zyriah received immediate chemotherapy, several bone marrow tests and spinal taps to get rid of the cancer.
She relapsed in April 2020 and had to go through radiation and aggressive chemotherapy, but the cancer was still lingering. Then, six months later she received a stem cell transplant from her younger brother, who was a perfect match.
After a successful transplant, A'Zyriah walked out of Children’s Health cancer-free. “She has tapped into her superpower and wears her invisible cape all day, every day,” says Schequila.
Now 7 years old, A’Zyriah is doing well. When she grows up, she wants to be a nurse and “help fix people.”