Isaac Matthew Lieser was born June 22, 2005. On May 6, 2007 he was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. After a 9 month courageous battle Isaac passed away Wednesday January 23, 2008 at the age of 2 years, 7 months and 1 day.
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Josh & Linda Lieser, 15410 110th St., Sauk Centre, MN 56378
We had just given birth to our fourth son, Keegan on April 16th, 2007. We have three other boys, Dominic-6, Jayden-4 and Isaac-2. Everyone was hoping we'd have a little girl as we knew this would be our last child. I've always wanted a girl, but I'm so in love with the three boys we already have to do it again would just be awesome. When they said, "it's a boy", I had this feeling of being complete. I felt like my family was now whole. We were as perfect, as perfect could be. I was on cloud nine and couldn't imagine being any happier. I have everything I ever wanted, we had four beautiful healthy boys. Life was great!
On May 2nd our son Isaac (22 months) awoke with a very distended tummy in pain. I brought him to the clinic where they took an x-ray. It looked like he was constipated. We were sent home with a laxative and suppositories. May 4th our newborn had his 1st check-up. I brought Isaac with to be re-examined. It was decided to wait over the weekend and to do an ultrasound on Monday. Saturday Josh's sister was getting married. Our almost four year old was the ring bearer so I needed to be there for him. Isaac wasn't feeling better so he stayed home with my sister. I called before mass started and there was no change, still sleepy and irritable. I called right after mass and my sister said, I will meet you at the hospital, we found a lump the size of my fist and another one on the right side of his belly button pro-truding from his tummy. I was in complete denial. I was thinking, no way, she doesn't know what she's talking about. O.k. so maybe he does have a lump. I thought something was going to rupture, maybe his appendix. He'll have surgery and be fine. I drove about 85-90 mph all the way to the hospital. We were at the ER, they did an ultrasound and the pictures were sent to Children's Hospital. The Doctor came back with the devastating news that it looks like a tumor. I'll never forget that moment when the Doctor said the word tumor. I was speechless, I fell to my knees screaming and crying. We then were taken by ambulence right away to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
May 2007, our son Isaac of 22 months was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. This is a pretty aggressive cancer with only a 20-40% survival rate; however it can be treated and cured. This is the same exact cancer that Josh's sister had in 1983. She won the battle with this cancer, but because of the chemo and radiation suppressing her immune system she got phneumonia and lost her life on January 25, 1984. This was 23 years ago and this was a battle she won. Science has come along way since then.
Our 1st week involved tests everyday. Surgery to put in his hickman and to do the bone marrow and tumor biopsies. I don't think I ever cried so much in my life. We have four children, all deliveries were difficult and beyond painful. I'd go through this all at once all over again to trade for the pain I have now. All I want to know is why? Why us? Why him, he's just a baby? I feel guilt as if God is punishing me for all my sins. Were their signs I missed that we could have found it sooner? I would trade the devil my soul for my sons life. I feel like we're in hell right now. My head just keeps spinning like this is all a bad dream. I want so bad to wake up from this nightmare.
I was asked once to describe my kids. What do they mean to me? I thought well, that is the easiest question in the world. Oxygen. My kids are my oxygen because with out it you can't survive. Right now my oxygen is being compromised.
We cannot say thank you enough for the out pouring of love and support for us right now. Our world is completely crushed, but we are hopeful that we are going to beat this and be cured completely.
* HGB, normal = >11, transfusion likely < 7/8
* Platelets, normal = >150,000, transfusion is likely when < 20,000, if having a surgery platelets need to be > 50,000
* WBC, normal = > 4,000
* ANC, normal = > 1,000, isolation = < 200 needs to wear a mask (no immunity, severly neutropenic)