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Katie starts to have really bad hip pain, and she has to go to the nurse's office at school daily. She visits many doctors to try and figure out the cause of her hip pain.
Katie goes to the rheumatology clinic at Children's Mercy. There she meets Dr. Ibara. Katie has surgery on her hip. The surgery shows that she has an auto immune disorder called dermatomyositis.
Katie has to get weekly IV steroid infusions, and the doctor gives her 21 pills to take daily. She also had to walk with crutches for two weeks because her pain was so bad.
Katie's pain starts to go away, and she no longer has to use crutches. She starts to take lower doses of her medicine, and she starts to take less pills.
Katie got a dream from the Kansas City Dream Foundation. Her dream was to go to California and do many things there. One of those things was to go to the Survivor Reunion show.
She also go to go Sea World, as well as Disney World. One of her favorite parts was getting to go on a horseback ride on the beach at sunset.
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