First off we would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for all the thoughts, prayers, well wishes etc! We are truly blessed!!
Caiden was born January 26, 2011 to Felicia & Rhonda Patterson. He is a smart, out going, funny 6 year old. In May Caiden hurt his arm and had to see an orthopedic doctor on the assumption he had an injury to his clavicle. Upon doing x-rays a mass and we were immediately referred to an oncologist who set up surgery to test the mass. On Friday June 13 , 2017 we got the phone call nobody wants to receive...the blood in the mass was in fact due to cancer, leukemia. Caiden was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia, see below for more info on ALL.
Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell).
- In a child with ALL, too many stem cells become lymphoblasts, B lymphocytes, or T lymphocytes. These cells are cancer (leukemia) cells. The leukemia cells do not work like normal lymphocytes and are not able to fight infection very well. Also, as the number of leukemia cells increases in the blood and bone marrow, there is less room for healthy white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. This may lead to infection, anemia, and easy bleeding.