Asher Shiloh Griffin turned 5 months old on August 20, 2017. We never imagined that same night we would hear the terrifying news that "your sons white blood cell count is so extremely high that the only cause is, more than likely, Leukemia." Immediately my husband and I's minds were racing! We had spent the morning in urgent care thinking he just had a little virus, to the evening in ER getting X-rays of his abdomen, then to find out his liver and spleen were abnormally enlarged, and then being rushed to Boston Massachusetts General Hospital, as they are sending off his blood work, to arriving and finding out that your baby might have cancer. That night was so long and dreadful waiting for the morning to hear all the final test results to confirm exactly what he had. August 21, 2017 confirmed that Asher has a very rare form of T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. As our Dr sat and gave us this information our eyes immediately filled with tears. Overwhelming feelings of fear flooded my husband and I. She told us that not many babies got this type of leukemia and that they did not have much research on it but that she was going to treat him as they would treat a typical Tcell ALL patient. Asher will receive chemotherapy along with steroids, intrathecal spinal tap procedures, and bone marrow biopsies throughout the course of 4 years total. As of now he has responded beautifully to the treatment and currently has no traces of leukemia cells in his body. God has truly placed his hands over our precious baby and we continue to pray for his healing and protection against the effects of the chemotherapy. We have been so blessed with such an amazing team of DR's and Nurses who love and adore our son!! We have a very tough and long road ahead of us but as scary as all of this is, we trust that The Lord will give us all strength. "Asher you are so strong! We love you!!!"
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9