On Feb 2, 2007, at the age of 3, Haidyn was diagnosed with Pre-B Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. She finished treatment in April 2009. She still goes for monthly checkups - but she has shown leukemia it picked the wrong kid to mess with.
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain.
Here is the background - On Friday afternoon, February 2, 2007, we took Haidyn to the pediatrician's office for a check to clear her before the weekend. She had been fighting a mild virus (low grade fever, achy legs, low energy) for the past 3 days, but we were a little concerned that her coloring was looking sort of jaundiced. The pediatrician listened to Haidyn's heart and became immediately concerned; he said her heart was racing. A finger-prick blood test proved alarming as well - she was severely anemic and all her blood levels (RBC, WBC & platelets) were dangerously low. We were immediately taken by ambulance to
At UNC's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, we quickly became educated. Haidyn needed blood transfusions to elevate her dangerously low blood counts. Her RBC level (hemoglobin) was so low that her heart had to pump as fast as it could to get all the oxygenated blood through her body. They would give her blood transfusions slowly - her body was so severely anemic that if it was given too quickly, her heart could fail from the change. She tolerated multiple hemoglobin and platelet transfusions beautifully. Note: normal hemoglobin levels are 11.5-13.5 and Haidyn's was 3. Over the next two days in the PICU we learn more - Haidyn's diagnosis of Pre-B ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia). We are thankful that it is the more common type of cancer and more easily treatable than other forms of cancer. She has some things going for her - she falls under a ‘risk category’ that typically responds well to treatments (because she is between the ages of 1 and 10 years old (she is 3), she is a female, and her white blood cell count was within a certain range. We need these positives!!
After her hemoglobin was stabilized, she could be moved from ICU to the children's floor. She also starts to feel better after the transfusions. She is able to play. Tyler (4 1/2 year old brother) comes in and visits (they both are so happy to see each other!) they have a good evening, have dinner together in her hospital room, and awaits surgery the next day.
The 'rest of the story' is located in the journal - a day by day or sometimes week by week update of how we are dealing with Haidyn's fight with Cancer.
She will win.