Pediatric Cancer...you think it never happens to you
My 3 year old son C.J. has ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia). He has been going through chemo for two years. Everytime he has a fever I have to pack up and drive an hour away from my other two kids for him to be hospitalized to get IV antibiotics. Theres a good chance he will beat this. Right now his chance for survival is 80-90%. We're used to being in and out of the hospital but life is far from normal. I'm just trying to bring any type of awareness to pediatric cancer. Sometimes I feel hopeless like cancer has taken over our life but I try to stay positive :) He's doing better each day but he has his down days too. We are sitting in the hospital right now for a fever, hoping to get out of here soon. The doctors are wonderful and treat him like a regular kid and not just a patient. It brings tears to my eyes how genuine and kind the people here.
FACT: "Childhood cancers are the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. - more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined."
"Cancer in childhood occurs regularly, randomly, and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region."
Something needs to be done to further research. The same drugs have been used since the 80's. I might not able to do much to support the cause, but at least bringing about awareness seems like a good start. :)
Here's C.J. last year during the roughest part of chemo:
And here is now doing better: