September 8, 2017 2:56 pm
Updated: September 8, 2017 6:40 pm

‘Wasn’t supposed to see her first birthday’: 5-year-old battling cancer sees first day of kindergarten

WATCH: Paisley Amyotte's family was told she wouldn't see her first birthday, Friday she had her first day of kindergarten.


A little girl from Elie, Man. who wasn’t expected to see her first birthday was able to start her first day of kindergarten Friday.

Paisley Amyotte is the little girl that has defied all odds.

“She wasn’t supposed to be seeing her first birthday, she wasn’t supposed to be seeing her second birthday, and here we are five and starting kindergarten,” Amy Millette, Paisley’s Mom, said.

Paisley Amyotte battles cancer and her first day of school full of smiles.

Amy Millette

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Since she was eight months old, the fiery five year old has been battling cancer.

“I was brought in to a small room and told Paisley had two brain tumours,” Millette said.

It’s a fight that continues today, but one that hasn’t stopped her from taking on the exciting challenge of starting kindergarten like most other five year old’s.

For the last two years, the little girl has been on a new chemotherapy drug that her family said has helped so far and given her a new lease on life. They said they believe she’s the only person in Canada on the drug.

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When Paisley was first diagnosed, doctors didn’t know if she would survive the weekend, let alone make it to her fifth birthday and now to kindergarten.

“Neurosurgeons looked at her and said this is a very intense surgery. We’re not even sure if she’ll come out of this alive,” Millette said.

All the challenges that have been thrown at Paisley, her parents said she has fought back. But the newest adventure is the one they’re most worried about now: her life in kindergarten.

“I’m pretty anxious. I’m pretty nervous,” Millette said.

In between the everyday challenges of being in a new environment, in kindergarten, and making new friends, Paisley will continue to take on the challenges of taking daily medication, chemotherapy, and MRI’s.

“We just take it one day at a time. We live between MRI’s.”

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