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).
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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.

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Christina Avery posted a new journal entry, "5 Years".

Today marks the official 5th anniversary of Megan's diagnosis. November 1st is when we heard the awful words that Megan had leukemia, but November 2nd is the day that her ... Read more

Christina Avery posted a new journal entry.

Thought I'd give a quick update today, as it is September 1st and September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. As you go about your days this month, please remember the ... Read more

Christina Avery posted a new journal entry.

I thought I would update again since we had a couple of appointments this week.  First, Megan's clinic on Tuesday went well.  She had an echo-cardiogram and the doctor ... Read more

Christina Avery posted a new journal entry, "Summer Time!".

Today was officially the last day of school for the year!  We now have a junior in high school, an 8th grader in middle school and a 3rd grader in elementary school!  ... Read more

Christina Avery posted a new journal entry.

Since the birthday message had been up here for almost a month, I thought I'd give a quick update! :)Megan had a fun birthday - she had a great time at her swim party with ... Read more

Christina Avery posted a new journal entry.

Happy 8th Birthday to our beautiful Megan!!!  We love you!!!     Read more

Christina Avery posted a new journal entry.

So I am writing tonight with a heavy heart and also with even more resolve to help kids with cancer.  I'm sorry to write that my friend Shannon's son, Trevor, has ... Read more

Christina Avery posted a new journal entry.

Long time no update!  Things have been going great.  We had a fun Christmas and January.  January was busy - we had a big surprise birthday party for my mom here at our ... Read more

Christina Avery posted a new journal entry.

Megan had her clinic visit this morning.  Her counts are good and all went well!  She had a swollen lymph node and large tonsils, but she's also congested, so that's ... Read more

Christina Avery posted a new journal entry.

Four years ago last night, we learned Megan had leukemia in the middle of the ER at Shady Grove Hospital. In some ways it seems like another lifetime ago, in other ways it ... Read more

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