Matthew was just diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia. It
has a 90% cure rate, but will take 3 years of monitoring and
fighting. He would go to kindergarten this year, but now
maybe that won't be in the cards. Since his immune system is
compromised. He will receive 3 IV drips over the next 3
days, then start chemo tomorrow. Surgery is scheduled to do
a bone marrow test and spinal tap to test if there are white
blood cells that are dying and going to his brain.
They are also expecting a new baby in Dec.
This little guy is my great, great nephew, and is loved very
Matthew is responding well to his treatment so far. His severe
side effects have tapered off this month and he has more
energy, and is starting to walk on his own. He still has
trouble with stairs and getting up from the floor but he
starts physical therapy Monday so that will help. He has
lost his hair and is fairly self conscious about it but he
enjoys wearing hats. He has started homeschool kindergarten
and enjoys science the most. While he is on a tough road, he
is so resilient and happy in general.
He is still receiving chemo every week in his spine at the
hospital in clinic and had a blood transfusion last week
since his hemoglobin blood count was so low. He is also
receiving chemo orally daily at home. He is very compliant
despite hating the taste. And his chemo at home is to be
given two hours after eating at bedtime so he has to be
woken up late for that. He doesn't like it but he is very
good to do it anyway.
We took Matthew on his first apple picking and outdoor
outing since diagnosis. Then we took him to overlook the
Susquehanna River. It wasn't enough to see it. He got this
pep in his step and walked with such zeal towards the water
it about gave mom a heart attack. He loved it and we ended
up walking along the path next to the water for quite some
time. It was so good to see him get so excited and happy.
Children are so resilient and move forward with such hope
and strength. Please continue to pray front our little man.
He has a long road of treatments ahead.
Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and help,
Matthew and his little Sister, Alyssa
November 2016 Feature
Acute Lymphatic Leukemia
992 Hershey Road
Elizabethtown, Pa. 17022
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