On March 15, 2017, we got the news that no parent wants to hear, our 3 year old little boy was diagnosed with B-Cell ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia).
In the span of 5 days we went from a healthy vibrant, inquisitive, loving older brother, to “why are we in the hospital”. Needless to say whirlwind is not enough to describe the change of events in our lives.
In January, Aubrey, Brady’s beautiful, loving, whirling dervish of a sister has a bad fever so we go to the doc, she is negative on strep, flu, and possible ear infection. We continue to monitor her fever, and per doctor’s orders, if the fever is present beyond 3 days, come back and we will take a deeper dive. Thankfully the fever breaks. Brady's turn, he gets his own version of this fever, sore throat (which according to docs, his throat looked fine), and is also strep, flu, and ear infection negative. If the fever persists beyond 3 days come back and we will take a deeper dive. Fever breaks.
Then, the first week in February, Brady gets another fever on the weekend. Steady diet of children’s Motrin and Tylenol, fever breaks, and we go back to school. Second week in February, Brady falls off the couch in his sleep, and hurts his arm. Gets another fever. Same result, fever breaks, arm heals, and we go back to school on Monday. This continues through the month of February.
On March 11, at 2:30am, Brady gets another fever. He doesn’t sleep the rest of the night, and very little during the day Saturday. He sleeps the entire night on Saturday, and most of the day Sunday.
On Monday, we decide to make a phone call to our pediatrician to see if we should bring him in for a checkup. The doc reassures us that it is probably still a virus and he is having cyclical fevers, but that he wanted to have lab work done on him anyways. By noon, on Monday, Brady had blood drawn for the first time ever and didn’t even flinch. The nurses are so impressed by how tough he is.
The next day at 9am the doctor’s office calls and wants to schedule a meeting for the next day. As everyone knows, this is never a good sign and panic starts to set in. Not wanting to wait a day for the lab results we track down the doctor on his day off and find out that there are some foreign cells in his blood and that it could be anything from a bacterial infection to Leukemia and that he was taking the results right to the Pediatric Oncologist to see what he thought. Even with the shock and panic that set in, we try to reassure ourselves that it’s just a bacterial infection, because there is no way our energetic happy little boy could have cancer. By 4pm the Pediatric Oncologist is calling us to schedule a chest x-ray and a bone marrow biopsy.
At 8:30am the next morning we are at Renown getting a chest x-ray to see if Brady is healthy enough to be put under for his bone marrow biopsy an hour later. At 9:45am the Bone Marrow biopsy is performed and by 12pm we get the diagnosis, Leukemia. The words no parent ever wants to hear and always fears. We go through all the emotions of being crushed, devastated, in shock, mad, and asking the big question…
Why? It is an ugly question right now, one that we are moving on from, because there are no answers. Fact is, we are here, we are strong, Brady is stronger and we are going to get him better. He will endure 28 days, plus 3 years of treatment. On May 15th, 2020 we will be telling the world that Brady is cured and that we are on our way to Disneyland.
On March 16th, we are spending our first night in the hospital so that we are ready for his operation in the morning. Friday morning, Brady is undergoing surgery to have a port surgically implanted into his chest, this is essentially his pick-line and where he will get his treatments and labs drawn for the next 3 years. This pick-line is now deemed his "Iron-Man Super Powers."
We are incredibly fortunate to live in such a beautiful community and within hours the outpouring of support, love, faith and help has been nothing short of wonderful. Our Family and Friends are second to none and we couldn’t be more blessed. This is going to be a long journey, but we feel, and believe intensely, that Brady will be stronger because of this. Our faith in his recovery and journey are growing stronger by the day, as our “Team Brady” grows in numbers and believers. We can’t begin to thank everyone enough. Our love is deep for our little boy, his sisters, each other and the surrounding team. We will carry this burden with him during this journey and far beyond. Our love, and our family bond will grow stronger each day. Support is always welcomed in any fashion: physical, emotional, spiritual and unfortunately – financial. Please if you have children, grandchildren, loved ones, give them a hug tonight like you have never hugged them before.
Fishing, hunting, camping, baseball, sports, girls, and picking on his sisters is just going to have to wait a little bit longer.
If you would like to donate to help pay for medical expenses a fund is setup at Wells Fargo. This account will send a donation directly to the Price family and specifically to Brady. Thank you for helping. www.wellsfargo.com Account Number: 1399456753 Name: Nicole or Don Price Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can donate using Venmo at https://venmo.com/nicole-price-33.
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And by the way Fuck Cancer!