For the past three years, a Carthage young lady has lived with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In the process of her treatments, she lost all her hair. There were terrible days of pain, frustration and confusion.
This brave young lady, Lottie Mae Youngblood, just turned five this August.
Despite the challenges, this Carthage family is celebrating a very thankful Thanksgiving this year since Lottie Mae has been in remission. She took her last chemotherapy pill on Nov. 8, and is scheduled to have her port removal surgery Nov. 27. Her mother, Victoria Youngblood, credits Lottie Mae's recovery to “an answered prayer.”
“We're celebrating a gift God gave us,” Victoria said on Saturday, during “Done With Treatment Party” with a house full of family and friends.
On Saturday, Lottie Mae's little head, which was once covered with a hat or decorative bow, had red pigtail ringlets that bounced around as she played vigorously with her cousins and friends. When she took a second to slow down, she said her favorite thing to do was cartwheels.
Next fall, she will start kindergarten.
Victoria said her message to the Carthage community is still the same.
“Just thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers,” she said. “And we thank God for his answer.”