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Nicholas LaBarbera Nicholas LaBarbera

First post: Jan 8, 2018 Latest post: May 6, 2018
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On 12/31 we rushed to the ER due to Nicholas running a high fever of 104 and we noticed unusual bruising on his little body, before this Nicholas was showing signs of a stomach virus(24 hours later) he  had been vomiting and feeling restless at this point I was worried about dehydration.  These symptoms started getting worse as time passed,  Saturday into Sunday, by Sunday afternoon we made it to North Shore Manhasset ER they ran blood test, as we anxiously waited we held Nicholas tight in our arms hoping this was nothing serious and we would be going home. It took about 2 hours until the blood results were in.  This was when we found out his white blood cell count was at 650,000,  listening to what a doctor we only met that day tell us his white blood cell count is clearly an indication of leukemia left us with no words except tears of sadness and fear, we were living a nightmare no parent ever wants to live. We reached out to our immediate families to let them know where we were and that we were being admitted to the  pediatric ICU at Children’s Cohens Medical Center.  Soon after being admitted we spoke with the oncology team who were doing everything to make sure we had all the facts in front of us. 3 days of lab works, cat scans, MRIs, blood  transfusions, white blood cell depletion it was non stop. Wednesday 1/3/18 we sat down with our Oncologist who advised us on his final diagnosis And confirmed Nicholas is battling Tcell lymphoblastic leukemia aka Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia ALL https://curesearch.org/Acute-Lymphoblastic-Leukemia-Just-Diagnosed

Today 1/7/18 We want everyone to know we are now in a much better place compared to where we were a week ago. Nicholas is on his 4th day of Chemotherapy and his body has been responding well to the steroids and chemo. We are currently in the induction phase (36 day treatment plan) his Therapy treatment just like all treatments are individualized. We have alot more to share along the way and our goal here is to raise awareness and be an inspiration to others.  No child should have to go through this, our son is being a real Champ so far and has proven to us how strong and resilient he really is. Please feel free to follow our journey #FightNickyFight15

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