I'm part of this year's relay team for the St. Jude Peoria Run. I am running this year for my son, Tucker, who is battling Leukemia at St. Jude
etimes. He also had what looked to be freckles. I thought, “Wow, this kid actually may have a lot of freckles like me!” I was so excited. They weren’t freckles. They were petechiae, caused by bleeding under the skin. I called the pediatrician. Nurse answered, listened, and thanked me for “making a report” I wasn’t making a report. My son wasn’t getting abused. At least not by a person. His body was being attacked from the inside. After going to the pediatrician and her telling me that without a blood test she couldn’t confirm anything. It could of been a number of things. We went to the hospital. Got a blood test, got a chest X-ray to rule out a MASS. A MASS. It’s terrifying when someone tells you that that has to be checked before any diagnoses. It was a long day of waiting, a long day of everyone telling me that “he is just fine” “DONT worry”. My mom was at the house with me as I was waiting on results from the blood test. Logistics called me to tel me out room wasn’t quite ready at the hospital before our pediatrician even called us back with the test results. She told me that there were blasts in Tucker’s blood. That means that he has cancer, most likely Leukemia. My world came crashing down. My baby boys were inside playing and laughing with their Grandma as I couldn’t catch my breath. As I was trying not to throw up everything that had went down that day. As I had to try to explain to Ian(DAD) over the phone while he’s at work that I needed him to come home and that our son has cancer.
We would soon learn that Tuckers bone marrow was 93% filled with Leukemia. We were given the option by our local hospital, also a St. Jude Affiliate, to go to Memphis, TN for our first part of treatment, Induction. We decided to go as we were a part of a clinical trial. Tucker and I were ambulated down to Memphis. He sure thought that was cool. Mom sure did not. Ian was right behind us following. We arrived to the most amazing hospital I have EVER seen around midnight. They took us upstairs immediately to his inpatient room. We were on the ocean floor. It was outstanding. And terrifying. That hospital is beyond. There is no better place for our babies.
We were in Memphis for 9 weeks. 9 weeks of lots of medicine, procedures, appointments. First at Tri-Delta, then at Ronald McDonald House. Ian would come every weekend but have to return to work on Monday. Our youngest son Everett was almost 6 months at the time. He came whenever Tucker could have him around and whenever Mom and Dad had help. Family and friends visited and made us feel more at home. I cannot say 'Thank you' enough to everyone who came down to help!
At the end of his 9 weeks, Tucker's bone marrow was NEGATIVE! Our boy was in remission! We are currently in week 16 out of 120 of maintenance!
We could literally not have done any of this without St. Jude.
. Please help me reach my fundraising goal for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Thanks to generous donors:
- Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
- Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.
St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer, and neither will I. Will you support me by making a donation?