My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated on David's battle with leukemia. Start by reading the introduction to our website, "My Story."

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook.  We are so encouraged by your support.



Hi! I'm David.  Just last week my mom and my Grandma were thinking I was looking really pale.  They even said I looked like a ghost.  I had been sick the week before but it wasn't anything too terrible.  Once in a while I would sit on the couch and just watch my brothers, Mark and Jonathan, play.  Mom and Grandma knew that wasn't normal.  But I was happy and active.  By Friday though, Mom decided Grandma was right and I needed to have my blood checked.  So, Mom took me to the Dr. Friday afternoon.  They poked my finger and squeezed it a lot.  The PA returned to tell my mom that my hemoglobin was very low and she was going to have the Dr. talk to Mom.  After a while, the Dr. came in and told my mom that she needed to take me to the ER  to get a CBC (that means complete blood count but even Mom didn't know that until now).  At the ER, they poked me again and took a lot more blood.  I did NOT like that.  We waited some more.  Finally, the Dr. came in and told my mom that my hemoglobin and my platelets were VERY low.  She said it could be viral but it could also be leukemia (I know big words).  Dad was in WY at the time.  He spent a very long day Saturday getting home to us.  Meanwhile, they admitted me to the hospital and I got a blood transfusion and platelets put into my IV, which required another poke, which I did NOT like.  Mom says I was very brave.  I met a new special Dr.-a pediatric oncologist.  He said that we would have to wait until Monday for me to get a bone marrow biopsy to confirm leukemia.  So, I hung out at the hospital for the weekend.  On Monday, I had my bone marrow biopsy.  Late Monday it was confirmed that I have Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).  The Dr. says it is the most common childhood cancer and the most treatable.  I do not know what that means.  I don't feel sick and I don't look sick but they say I am sick.  Mom says the treatment will start Tuesday and go for about 3 years.  Thanks for loving me and visiting my site.  Mom and Dad will try to keep it updated.  See you soon! 

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Steve and Christy Helm posted a new journal entry, "Three Years Later".

Today marks three years since we started this journey with cancer.  I tried to think of something monumental to share here, but I can only say, “Thank you, Lord, for ... Read more

Charity Gingerich signed David's Guestbook.

Somehow you had found me earlier (Tyler Gingerich) and left a comment on our site. I'm FINALLY catching up with everything. I read through your journey...wow! Such a hard ... Read more

James Hopkins. signed David's Guestbook.

David,I am simply thinking of you.  Be well, be strong.  You are in my thoughts and prayers. Read more

Steve and Christy Helm posted a new journal entry.

They say that no news is good news, and that is true of us.  Since my last post we have had a great time.  The highlight of it all was David's Make-a-Wish trip to Disney ... Read more

Steve and Christy Helm posted a new journal entry, "Two Years Later".

Two years into treatment.  Ten months into maintenance.  Seventeen months of treatment left.  We are over half way through David's treatment plan.  I can remember ... Read more

Steve and Christy Helm posted a new journal entry, "Merry Christmas!".

Wow! We are eight months into maintenance and David is sailing along smoothly.  He just had his fourth spinal of maintenance and his last one of the year.  Yay!  His ... Read more

Steve and Christy Helm posted a new journal entry.

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two months since I posted an update.  No news is good news.  The beginning of the school year and the end of summer came like ... Read more

Steve and Christy Helm posted a new journal entry.

The only fever to report at this time is Olympic fever and it has taken over the house.  The little boys do their mock races in our backyard pool trying to replicate the ... Read more

Steve and Christy Helm posted a new journal entry.

No copy and paste this month. David got sick on June 29th and ended up with a fever of 101.  I had to take him to clinic to get his counts checked. His ANC was about 850, ... Read more

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