Saving Kaden

Kaden is a normal 17 year old girl with a major problem... Leukemia is taking over her life. she has to battle her cancer while juggling an ongoing romance with a boy named Noel and her friendships with her bestfriends Ally, Jessie, Molly, and Chelsea along with their boyfriends. her only hope for surviving her cancer is Noel and the miracle that he and her grandparents are praying for. Kaden doesnt have her parents, they died when she was three. will she survive her cancer, or will it finally win her over. read saving kaden to find out.


2. Coming back

The rooster crowing woke me up at five in the morning, and I had already checked on Grams and Gramps who were still fast asleep in their bedroom. I tiptoed back to my room and went into the bathroom to take a shower before getting ready for the day. I ran the hairbrush slowly through my hair as a huge chunk of it came out with the brush; I felt a twinge of doubt as I continued to brush my hair. Thankfully no more hair came out and I got into the shower. Once I was out of the shower I brushed through my hair again and another large chunk of hair came out, this time I sat down on the floor and just cried. Once I gained enough strength back I stood up and put some of my clip-in hair extensions in and pulled my hair into a loose braid. I walked to my closet and pulled out a small sundress and my boots and changed quickly. Once I was done I ran out of the house towards the guest house to wake my friend George up. I needed him to help me ride one of the horses before Grams and Gramps woke up, they couldn’t find out about this or I would be in a ton of trouble, I am not supposed to ride the horses since I was diagnosed with this stupid Leukemia. I reached Georges cabin and banged on the door, he opened it in his training outfit and quietly led me towards the barn. Once we were inside he said, “We don’t have much time, I’ll let you mount one of the horses and then we have to leave the barn before your grandpa comes out here to feed them.” I just laughed and said sure. We walked up the horses stalls and he led me to Joy’s gate. Joy was my favorite horse. When he opened the door he pushed metal steps up against the wall and helped me climb onto Joy. I sat there for what seemed like a couple seconds but George said, “It’s been a minute, now we have to go!” So I got off of Joy and ran back towards the house calling out thanks to George. My grandpa walked out of the door just as I made it to the porch swing and greeted him. He smiled and just shook his head as he walked past me to the barn. Once I was in the house I ran to the phone to call Jessie and tell her to come over to train with George. Jessie answered the phone with a chipper hello, and so I told her to come on over. Once I hung up I decided I would go into town to see Noel, I needed to talk to him about my hair problem and see what he thought I should do, I didn’t want anyone else to know about the problem until I had made sure he knew. Noel is my best friend and the love of my life, he just didn’t know it yet. Once I got to his house I knocked on the door. “I’m coming,” I could hear him calling from the top of the stairs, and then he opened the door and pulled me into the house and shut the door behind me. He pulled me into his arms and mumbled, “You’re hurting aren’t you?” into my ear. I nodded yes and pulled myself closer to him. That’s when it began, the weak feeling in my stomach, and I let all my weight go onto him. He must have felt it because he led me towards the couch and laid me down. I was embarrassed, I just wanted to talk and the stupid Leukemia was already effecting me this much. “Kaden, I need you to tell me what’s going on,” he said. I looked him in the eyes and in the tiniest voice I told him it was back. The horrible disease that took everything from me was back. I took my hair down and showed him the bald spots and asked him what I should do. “Kaden it’s time to get a wig, and we need to see the doctors again.” He told me. I was glad I had decided to come see Noel; I wanted to be with him when the doctors decided what to do this time, and I didn’t want to feel alone. Noel called George and explained what had happened and that he needed to tell Grams and Gramps. Then we were off to the hospital. Once we got there Noel carried me to the room to meet the doctor and gave my hand a tight squeeze before leaving the room. The doctor came in and took all my symptoms into account and then he ran a few tests and finally left the room. When he came back in he had a grave look on his face. He told me that my Leukemia had indeed come back, and this time it was terminal. “Kaden,” he said, “We don’t know how long you have left.” That’s when the tears began coming and the screaming began. I could feel my heart breaking, how long I had left was the only thing I could even focus on. How could they not know how long I had left, I had people that I loved, friends to do stuff with, I wasn’t even in my senior year of high school, how could they tell me they didn’t know how long I had left! The doctor said he was sorry and left the room. Noel came back and helped me into his car, he said the nurses at the hospital gave him a card for a wig shop in the next town over and that he had checked with Grams and made sure it was okay, and that we were going to go pick one out. I sat in the car quietly and listened to Noel breathing heavily. I wanted to know if he felt the same way about me, I wanted to have what my friends Molly, Chelsea, Ally, and Jessie had. I wanted a relationship. “Were here,” I heard Noel say as I yawned, I guess I fell asleep huh? I asked him. He smiled and said, “Yes, you slept like a rock the whole way here.” He laughed as he led me into the wig store. I was astonished at all the styles and colors they had. I didn’t know where to start looking, so I looked at the lady behind the counter for help. “Hello there, my name is Sandra.” She said, “Why don’t we start with the color of your hair.” I was glad to have some help and so I followed her towards the back of the store to the room that said brown. Noel followed me inside the room and walked straight towards the curly haired wigs and picked up one that looked almost identical to how my hair looked before the Leukemia came back. “I think this one looks like you,” he said sheepishly. Sandra smiled and nodded in agreement. Noel carried it to the counter and gave her the card; she nodded again and told us to have a good day. Noel told me not to worry, that we had one stop left and then we would be going home. I recognized automatically where we were going, my daddy had taken me to this same place when I was three. Mr. Mullins barbershop is where we went and I knew that I was about to have all my hair gone for good. I let my hair down once more as Mr. Mullins shaved all the rest of it off. I thanked him and walked back to Noel’s car. Noel drove me back to his house and led me back inside the house and pulled me into another hug as he shut the door behind me. This time was different, his eyes were red and he was shaking. “Kaden, I need to tell you something,” he managed to say, but at that moment Grams showed up to take me home. He stood on the porch waving at me and at that moment I was almost positive he was going to tell me he loved me too. “How did the haircut and picking out the wig go dear?” Grams asked me. Good I replied simply, I was tired… more than tired. I just wanted to go back to Noel’s and find out what he was going to say to me. Grams kept talking about some surprise for me when I got home but I didn’t think anything about it because I was too busy thinking about what did or didn’t happen with Noel. When we got to the driveway I saw Jessie’s car and it almost made me sick to know she was out and about with the person she loved, and she had time. The one thing I didn’t have, she has all of it in the world and well mine, it was limited. When I stepped out of the car all of my girl friends were there to give me get well cards and hugs and they all made matching bandana ties to cover their heads like I would have to when it got cold outside and I didn’t want to wear my wig.

I smiled as they handed me my bandana. It really did look good and I decided to stop being angry at them and to talk about things instead. After all they are my best friends. “Grams, can they spend the night with me?” I asked. “Of course,” she responded. I grinned and had Molly help me into the house. Once inside Jessie brought my wig into my room and Chelsea went into my closet to pull out my wig stand from the last wig I had. Ally smiled weakly and pulled me into a hug and began crying. “I can’t believe it, it’s really back… how can this be happening to us?” she sobbed. “I don’t know why it’s happening, but we will get through it,” I mumbled while crying quietly. Molly came over and sat down on my bed beside of me and asked, “Do you still have the notebook we wrote in the last time your cancer came back?” “Yes,” I replied, “It’s in the second drawer of my dresser,” as I pointed to the dresser. She opened the drawer and pulled out an old blue book that we had all written things in from all the previous times I had my cancer. We all sat down in a circle on the floor as Molly flipped through the pages in the book. “Ally, why don’t you start on your page?” Molly said, “We can do it by the different ages that Kaden fought her cancer and we can each read our secrets we wrote down.” Ally smiled and reached for the book. She turned it to the first page and read the title, “Age three, I got a new kitten yesterday and I named her Ginger.” Ally passed the book to Jessie and Jessie turned the page, “I got to clean up one of Kaden’s horses today… I want to be a famous horse rider when I get older.” We all giggled and Ally said, “That one’s coming true, huh, Jess?” Jessie laughed and passed the book to Chelsea. “My turn,” she giggled, “Let’s see… oh, here it is… I stuck gum in Molly’s hair on purpose and Mrs. Khan had to cut her hair, it made Kaden laugh!” “That was so mean! I still remember that!” Molly shouted. Chelsea just threw the book at her. “Kaden is my best friend, I hope she is okay,” Molly read out. “Awhh,” we all said at the same time. She handed the book to me and said, “You’re turn.” I took a deep breath and read from the page, “Today was the last day of what daddy calls Chemo, he says the doctor told mommy and him that it will be gone now!” I handed the book back to Ally and asked her to read the rest of the pages. “Sure,” she grinned. Ally read all of the pages by the ages, five, ten, thirteen, fifteen, and then she stopped. She looked around at all of our faces as to ask what next. Molly held out her hand and Ally handed her the book, “We should add today’s secrets in… I’ll go first.” Molly pulled out her pen and wrote seventeen down and then put her name and stopped. “I don’t know what my secret should be,” she said. “I’ll go first,” Ally piped up as she took the book from Molly. She wrote Ally in fancy letters and then wrote, today is going to be the last time you fight Kaden. She smiled and asked, “Whose next?” Molly grabbed the book and wrote under her name, we are going to beat this thing together. “Done,” she cooed, “Who wants it next?” “I’ll take it,” Chelsea said and she took the book. She wrote Chelsea and then wrote, you can do all things through Christ. “Okay I’m done,” she said. “Over here,” said Jessie. She took the book and wrote down under her name, I love you, we will win the fight. Then she smiled and gently handed me the book. “I know what I’m going to put down,” I said with a big smile.. and then I wrote my name and under it I wrote, he chose the wig. Then I put the pen down and shut the book. “Until next time,” I said.. “Until next time,” they repeated. Ally squawked, “Is the he you’re talking about Noel?” I just smiled. “I take that as a yes,” she gawked. A knock came at the door and so Ally yelled, “Come in!” as Gramps walked into the room all of my friends looked down. “It’s time for dinner girls; would you be so kind to help Mrs. Khan with dinner?” “Yes,” they all replied and left the room. Gramps gave me a hug and said, “Kaden, this time it’s worse. Niall told me, we need to take it easy, I think the girls should leave after dinner.” “I understand,” I said. “Don’t worry, you’ll have a visitor. Noel is coming to stay here for the night, I need to speak with him,” Gramps said. I nodded okay and suppressed a smile. Just his name gave me butterflies. Gramps helped me to dinner and explained that my friends needed to leave so I could get some rest. They all walked me back to my room and helped me get settled into my bed. Before they left I winked and said, “I’ll text you all later.” I dozed off for a while and I woke up to the sound of voices in the hall. “You need to tell her Noel.” “I was going to earlier, but she had to go Mr. Khan.” “No excuses, she may not have much time left son.” “I know, that’s why I’m worried sir.” And then the conversation ended with footsteps going towards the kitchen. Hmm, I thought… tell me what. Then there was a knock at the door and I squeezed my eyes shut just in case is was Gramps or Noel. Nobody came in though, so I just assumed it was all some kind of dream, and so I rolled over and went back to sleep for what seemed like hours. I woke up the sound of shuffling feet and a loud knock at my bedroom door. Then another loud knock at my door, and finally the door was cracked open. I heard footsteps and they stopped at the end of my bed so I didn’t move or say anything. “Kaden,” Noel’s soft voice crooned, “Are you awake?” I fluttered my eyes and sat up and smiled at him. “Oh Kaden,” He said and then grabbed me into a huge hug. He wrapped his arms around me until I couldn’t move, I could barely breathe, and then the tears came. All I could do was cry into his chest because all of the hurt and fear and anger from earlier in the day came rushing back inside of me. I just needed him to hold me there forever.

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