|Diagnosed: Aug 20, 2005 Age:
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Treatments are continuous until: October 2008
Things you should know:
|One child lost is too many,
One child saved...
Can change the World.
Ted's journey started on Aug 20,2005. After having strep throat for the 4th
time in a year he was feeling worse even after antibiotics. On a saturday night
Ted was at the ER with high fever and listlessness. That is where our lives were
The doctor stood before me and said the results from his blood test suggested
Leukemia. Our lives were forever changed from that moment on. It's an
unimaginable pain to watch your child go through all of the chemotherapy,
spinal taps, testing, blood draws, infections, viruses, side effects, and
surgeries, unless you have a child with cancer. Ted is 2 years through his
expected treatment course of 3 yrs and 2 months. We have had many
nightmares yet many miracles happen during this time.
Leukemia is one of the marathon treatments of childhood cancer. Then, after
the treatment, the possible long term side effects and a greater chance of
developing another cancer are a cause of worry for the rest of our lives and will
be my son's cross to bear his whole life.
We are grateful to the children who went before us in all of the clinical trials of
leukemia, but the actual rate of a "cure" is probably closer to 80% than the
90-95% people think. We can do so much better only if enough funding is
availiable for research. Most of our sons and daughters are in clinical trials
across the country and that will hopefully help more children in the future. But
funding for research has to be there to improve anything.
We are so happy to still have our son with us and pray that he will become a
man. We dream of a life without cancer and pray it for every child on earth!
Lumbar puncture for interthecal chemo