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Our little boy, Tyler (4), developed a fever on June 16th that after 6 days lead us to the lab for some blood testing and a chest x-ray. This test revealed that his white blood cell count was low, and as a result he was admitted to CHOC at Mission Hospital. There the staff of doctors did an extensive work up for "fever of unknown origin" that culminated in a bone marrow biopsy on July 12. The next day things got pretty wobbly for us when the doctors confirmed the diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or ALL /Pre B, which is a cancer of the white blood cell line. The good news is that treatability of ALL has improved dramatically in recent years because of new chemotherapy agents, so all those dollars donated to cancer research really are helping.
After a good cry (which helped to get the head cleansed and a cemented a solid foundation for me get my heart connected for the road to recovery) Jen and I brought Tyler down to the Rady Children's Hospital Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in San Diego. On July 16th Tyler had an indwelling intravenous line called a portacath surgically placed so he could begin chemotherapy.
As I was driving down to San Diego on wed, I got a call from Lance around 11 pm his time in France (after climbing 18k!!). He gave me a couple of things to think about and after the call was finished... I was good to go. For the most part, Lance has been really supportive and a great symbol of hope and courage to help me keep on track. It has been priceless to have his support at this time and moment as he is bit busy with his day job.
Tylers chemo regimen will be intensive dosing at first then the doses will be less frequent later. He will be "in chemotherapy" for the next 3 1/2 years. There is way more to it, but I want to keep it simple.
With that said, all I know is this has been a crazy month and Jen and I are feeling beat down but still have our heads straight for the fight ahead. The greatest thing on our side that keeps me strong are our friends & family. Without the kind words and shared bits of wisdom and knowledge we are getting from everyone, we would have crashed and burned by now.
You never lose until you give up!
-Blick and Jen