Rylie's Message: Because I Can....."Be Me" Told by her Mother: Dee Heisler
Rylie is 18 years old and was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma Bone Cancer October of 2015. She missed her entire Senior year of high school to fight for her life and battle cancer. Her required courses were completed with a tutor from her hospital bed. Rylie walked across the stage at East Grand Forks Senior High School last May to accept her diploma.
My daughter endured 9-months of intense and brutal hospitalized chemo treatments, lost her hair, and suffered horrible side effects with dignity and grace. She had surgery to remove a section of her femur, which was replaced by donor bone. As a result, there is now a 13-inch plate in her leg. Rylie recently completed her last chemo treatment and is looking forward to going to college to become a nurse.
I have an amazing daughter who has such a positive attitude, never complaining, and always thinking of others reaching out to help during her own cancer journey. Rylie is the strongest most giving person I know. I am her mother and have been honored to care for her.
Rylie chose The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund as her charity to benefit during her featured story. Visit her Caring Bridge Page Rylie's Update in 2018 submitted by her mother, Dee: Rylie plans on attending college this summer and is still working at a local pharmacy. Ry also volunteers at a local nursing home calling Bingo on Monday nights! She is tackling every challenge, taking nothing for granted and living her life to the fullest. Ry has had some emotional challenges lately. Dealing with some survivors guilt. She is always so worried about everyone else, it’s hard for her to focus on herself. I see Rylie as not living her life like the cancer is coming back, she’s living her life like it isn’t!