Have you ever met a real life superhero? Well, a couple of weeks ago, I did and his name is Kaleb. He is currently undergoing treatment for Leukemia and he’s such a fighter. His mama shared a little bit of his story with me that I’m going to share in this blog. This is something you just can’t ever imagine going through.
“It all started last year in April. Swollen lymph nodes. Took him to the doctor SEVERAL times! “You worry to much” “It’s just allergies” “Childhood cancer is UNHEARD OF!”
A parent gets told their child has cancer EVERY 3 minutes! 300,000 a year! I was denied a biopsy after 3 months (protocol says after 6 weeks, do a biopsy)
Fast forward to aug. 29th 2016, lymph nodes were so swollen his FACE WAS DEFORMED! Took him to sparrow. Blood cultures were “ok”. I said, I’m not leaving until they are perfectly in range. “Mrs.Becker we are sending you home!” I said “NOPE! Not until I see a hematology or oncology doc.”
2 hours later, after seeing hematology, we were admitted. 2 hours later bone marrow aspiration (cork screws in back to get marrow sample). Less than 24 hours later, lymph node biopsy, during the biopsy, doc received the results and it was cancer. So during biopsy they installed a port for meds. Aug 31st, my Husbands birthday was Diagnosing Day.
He was at 27% Leukemia in his marrow. Most kids don’t get diagnosed until 88% or higher but I fought for answers Then we immediately started protocol treatments.
1st phase is called Induction Phase
2nd is Consolidation
3rd is called Interim Maintenance (high doses of methotrexate 5000Ml)
4th phase is called Delayed Intensification
5th phase MAINTENANCE!
We almost lost him 2 times. Pancreatitis. Throat sores.
We have been sick, broke, on edge, almost loosing marriage, getting denied help, the list goes on and on… but here we are KILLING IT! He was in remission within 29 days! Chemo is scary, can stunt their growth and put them into the autism spectrum because it’s literally KILLING YOU. One day at a time, we are past the “scary stuff” Protocol says treatment for 3.6 years. Our official last treatment date is 1-10-20! Right now he’s on 13 meds a day and more and more healthy than I have EVER seen him 💖
The rest is history, but brings a ton of PTSD and lots of worry of relapse, just a day in a cancer family life, we love each person that supports us, even if it’s a small prayer! Your days and nights run together and you’re super exhausted but you keep on keeping on, what other option is there?”
Please keep this wonderful family in your thoughts and prayers while they fight this evil thing called Cancer. I have included their GoFundMe link if you would like to donate to their medical fund.
Captain Chemo’s Fund