Josie Macchio

First post: May 27, 2019
Josie is 4 years old and was diagnosed with B Cell ALL (leukemia) on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.  After two weeks of a fever and no other symptoms, we were sent to Shands in Gainesville, FL.  Her blood work showed bone marrow suppression.  Even then, she still had no other symptoms and was our usual silly Josie.  When the doctor came in and verified it was leukemia, time stopped and the air left the room.  It quickly became a blur - the next day she had surgery to put a port that would connect to her heart and deliver chemo.  She also had a lumbar puncture and some chemo put into her spine.  The lumbar puncture tested whether leukemia had made it to her spine.  Fortunately, it did not.