Mighty Mack’s family are counting down the days as she gets closer to her life-changing bone marrow transplant, but first, she has a few more days of Chemo.
Johannesburg, South Africa (10 January 2022) – The countdown is well underway, and Mackenzie “Mighty Mack” Friedman is just days away from her bone marrow transplant. She has to undergo seven days of Chemo to kill off her bone marrow before having her transplant.
Little Mackenzie Friedman, affectionately known as Mighty Mack, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) on Wednesday, 12th of May 2021. Her parents, Megan and Bronson Friedman noticed she had a fever and was quite fussy, unable to settle. They took her to their GP, and through that consultation, they eventually learned of Mack’s diagnosis. Months of fighting off her cancer led up to this week. If you are new to her journey, you can read all about her cancer battle and how she has won over the hearts of thousands of South Africans here.
The family are sharing an update each day leading up to the big one. Starting the countdown from day 7, this is how Mack is coping so far.
“Mackenzie was successfully checked into Transplant ICU yesterday, and there were lots of tears (from everyone BUT Mack) when she had to be left behind with only Daddy.
She has settled in well and started her 7-day chemo course today, which aims to kill off her bone marrow in advance of her transplant next week.
Mack is as happy and chirpy as ever and ready to take on this next phase in her journey towards healing.”
“For those of you who are unaware, the seven days of chemo and other drugs required to kill off ones bone marrow prior to a bone marrow transplant are counted down from 7 with Day 1 being “Day -7” and so forth until transplant itself happens on “Day O”.
Today Mack had two doses of chemo over 3 hours and successfully completed her Day -6 with no adverse side effects.
She is still in high spirits and keeping Dad very busy: especially as her nappies now need to be changed every 30minutes so as to ensure the chemo byproducts don’t burn her.
We know by now that chemo has a cumulative effect over a number of days, and so we anticipate her becoming quite tired and lethargic soon but are confident that she is not going to get sick!
You’ve got this, Mackenzie!”