|One child lost is too many,
One child saved...
Can change the World.
|Diagnosed: November 2, 2006 Age: 3
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia - High Risk Pre B
Treatments are continuous until: Feb 20, 2009
Things you should know:
Megan's diagnosis story started out with sort of flu like symptoms for about 2
weeks. But a few days or so into it, she had an issue with her elbow, seemingly
unrelated, but it had to be popped back into place. Her arm never really seemed
to get better, although she mainly complained about pain in her shoulder after
that, which seemed odd.
Then, on a Saturday, she woke up not able to walk, complaining about her left
knee. We took her to a family practice near our house; they took a strep test
that turned out to be positive. Sometimes strep can cause joint pain, so we were
hoping it was just that.
The next Monday we took her to her pediatrician as well as an orthopedist for
her knee. They both said to just keep an eye on the fever and the knee pain. By
Wednesday (11/1) she still had a fever and joint pain, even though she had
been on antibiotics. Her pediatrician recommended we go to the local
emergency room for sort of "one stop shopping", blood test, urine test etc...
That is when we first got the awful news that Megan had Leukemia.
We were transported by ambulance to Children's Hospital in DC
where we stayed for 3 weeks (except for one quick overnight at home when we
returned to hospital because of fever). Her official diagnosis date was
11/2/06, but that was in the wee hours of the morning at Children's. This
was just two days before our family was scheduled to go on a Disney cruise -
obviously we did not go.
Megan still LOVES the princesses and will hopefully meet some during her
Make-a-Wish trip to Disneyworld. Since that night in November, we have been
on quite the roller coaster ride. Thankfully, Megan has had fewer complications
than some, but she has had her share. Her older sister and brother, Jessica
and Drew, continue to be amazing kids with great compassion for their little
- Christina and Ethan