Everything was going well for Mikaela until 2007, when she started having recurring sinus infections and became extremely lethargic. That fall, she began having severe problems with her eye and was found to have a tumor on the right side of her head. After numerous tests and MRIs, Mikeala was diagnosed with Wegener’s granulomatosis, which is a form of vasculitis that affects the lungs, kidneys and other organs. Due to its organ damage, it can be a serious disease that requires immune suppression. For Mikaela, she endures a daily medication regimen that results in strong side effects. She also suffers vision problems and numerous viral illnesses, causing her to miss many days of school.
Mikaela loved every moment at Magic Kingdom. Her face lit up at the night parade and during the fireworks show that followed. She enjoyed meeting all the princesses, but the highlight of the trip was getting to walk through Cinderella’s Castle just before the parade, and walking down the big steps on the side. Another favorite memory was watching the dolphin show at Sea World.
As the family wrapped up their vacation, little Mikaela had tears running down her cheeks. Her mom said she didn’t want the fun to end. Since Mikaela has returned home to Wisconsin, she still wears the braids she got while at Sea World. The stylist said the braids would last for two weeks, and she intends to take advantage of every minute of this temporary souvenir.