My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site for Megan. It has been created to keep friends and family updated Megan, and her fight against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
Be sure to read the latest in the journal, view the photo gallery, and drop us a line in the guestbook.

A video of pictures from Megan's first 20 months of treatment.

The story of how we got Megan's diagnosis is that she was sort of flu like for about 2 weeks. But a few days or so into it, she had an issue with her elbow, seemingly unrelated, but it had to be popped back into place. Her arm never really seemed to get better, although she mainly complained about pain in her shoulder after that, which seemed odd. Then on a Saturday she woke up not able to walk, complaining about her left knee. We took her to a family practice near our house (but not our regular pediatrician), they took a strep test that turned out to be positive. Sometimes strep can cause joint pain, so we were hoping it was just that. The next Monday we took her to her pediatrician as well as an orthopedist for her knee. They both said to just keep an eye on the fever and the knee pain. By Wednesday (11/1) she still had a fever and joint pain, even though she had been on antibiotics. Her pediatrician recommended we go to the local emergency room for sort of "one stop shopping", blood test, urine test etc.. That is when we first got the awful news that Megan had Leukemia. We were in Children's Hospital in DC for 3 weeks (except for one quick overnight at home when we returned to hospital because of fever).

Although this is the most awful news we have ever received we know our Megan will beat this cancer and live a long, happy life! We have wonderful support from all of our family and friends and of course Megan's big brother and sister, Drew and Jessica.


Christina Avery posted a new journal entry, "February 20th!".

Today is February 20th, it has been 5 years since Megan went off treatment - she is now considered CURED!   I have to admit, there are times I didn't think we would get ... Read more

Louise Hulten signed Megan's Guestbook.

What fabulous news!! I am so happy for you Megan! I am so very very proud of all of you. Love you dearly, Big big hugs, Read more

Victoria Avery signed Megan's Guestbook.

YOU DID IT my beautiful Megan!  Hooray for you, your parents and siblings for the end of a challenging journey that you all handled so well!  I'm so happy today!  YOU ... Read more

Uncle Ken signed Megan's Guestbook.

HOORAY!!!.....I am so happy for you Megan ..... Your my shining star⭐️ you .. Read more

Linda Brenner signed Megan's Guestbook.

Hooray! I haven't seen Megan in at least a couple of years. I can't believe how much she now resembles Jessica. Two very lovely young ladies. Wishing everyone continued ... Read more

Carla Mooney signed Megan's Guestbook.

Working at my computer when I saw the notification about this post - and it brings tears to my eyes. So happy for Megan and your family! She has grown into a beautiful ... Read more

Christina Avery added a new photo.

Christina Avery posted a new journal entry, "That Time of Year".

This time of year always gets me thinking...It's right about now Megan was diagnosed, 6 years ago, on November 1, 2006.  In some ways it seems like a lifetime ago and ... Read more

Christina Avery posted a new journal entry, "A couple of milestones!".

Hello Everyone, it's been quite a while since I've updated.  I've been tinkering with the idea of just not updating anymore, but then we got a guest book entry ... Read more

Christina Avery posted a new journal entry.

Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family who have come here so many times to check on Megan and support us through so much! We will be doing some extra celebrating ... Read more

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