March 12th of this year was probably a regular Sunday for most of you but for our 3 year old daughter Lily it was the beginning of a terrifying journey. That day she was extremely tired, had 105 degree fever, looked as pale as a ghost, and threw up every thing that she tried to eat or drink. Blood tests at a local ER reviled "abnormalities" and with only that information we instructed to immediately take her to Lebohner. When we arrived she was so pale and so out of it my husband and I knew that something was terribly wrong. They immediately gave Lily multiple blood transfusions and we started hearing words like "hematology" and "Leukemic process". Our heads were spinning and words can never express how terrified we were. Before we knew it we were transferred to St. Jude and admitted to the Leukemia floor. I remember getting off of the elevator and seeing the sign that says "Leukemia unit". I thought to myself: "Is this real? Is this happening? This has got to be a mistake". Then on Tuesday march 14th, after a bone marrow biopsy, it was confirmed. Lily was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and we were crushed. Our life as we knew it was over.
The first few weeks even months after that day were some of the hardest days that we've ever had. Our lives and family have been forever changed and there were days that we didn't see how we could make it through this or worse if Lily would make it through this. Now, nearly 6 months later we are making it through, day by day, and are finally able to feel happiness again, have hope, and see all of the many blessings in our life .
The biggest blessing of all is having St. Jude. This hospital and research center was created with the goal of eradicating childhood cancer. Because of their dedication to children and research Lily has over a 90% chance of surviving. Not only is St. Jude saving Lily's life but they have also taken a huge financial burden off of our shoulders. St. Jude will never send us or any family a bill for medical care and when a hospital stay is needed, they take care of all food and lodging. When our child was diagnosed with cancer the last thing that we needed to worry about was money. St Jude understands that and allowed us to focus solely on Lily. We are forever thankful for this and thankful for you and people like you who make donations to make St. Jude's mission possible.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for giving our family hope and for giving Lily the chance to live.