One week ago today, September 13, 2010, my nephew Aidan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). This form of cancer is 97% curable but first he must go through two to three years of chemo treatments.
Aidan’s first day at the hospital involved bone marrow tests and confirming leukemia as well as his first blood transfusion.
Day 2: Aidan had just had his first blood transfusion the night before and was feeling great and full of energy. He was so excited since he had been lacking energy for the past month. Aidan did not know about the blood transfusion and only remembered the shot to sedate him. He said “I’m so glad I got that shot it really made me feel better!”
Day 3: Right after Aidan had the surgery to have his Hickman put in. He was sore and upset about it but he was still trying hard to be him self. (The Hickman is a tube in his chest that runs up to his neck into a vein and close to his heart. It is used to give him his chemo treatments.)
Day 5: This was after his chemo and spinal tap. It was not his best day but he was content with drawing.