Birth Date - April 19, 2012
Diagnosis - Pre-B Cell ALL
Theme: Realistic Water Animals
(Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, Manatees, Narwhals, Seals, Sea lions, Walrus, Hippopotamus, Platypus, Otters, Beavers, Sharks, Sea turtles, Octopus, Angel fish, Clown fish)
Due Date: 12/1/18
Mason's preschool teacher started noticing that he was pale and not acting like himself and brought it our attention. He also started regularly spiking fevers over the course of a couple months. We just thought its was a nasty flu that was refusing to go away. We decided to take him to get checked out by his pediatrician. The preliminary diagnosis was anemia, but they also wanted to do further blood tests just to eliminate anything more serious. If the results came back with anything, we should be expecting a call within a day or so. Two days later we received the call that changed our lives forever. Leukemia ...
A week after his 5th birthday, in April of 2017, Mason was diagnosed with Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and he began the battle of his young life. Our family quickly adjusted to the new normal: medications, clinic visits, hospital stays and all the side effects that come along with chemotherapy. When Mason did not go into remission during his initial induction phase of treatment, he was classified as being "very high risk," with the next phase of treatments being that much more severe. Mason has received innumerable lumbar punctures and 7 hospital stays, while maintaining an amazingly positive attitude. His biggest gripe is that he isn't able to eat his favorite food in the world: nigiri sushi!
Mason is fighting like a super hero and we marvel everyday at how strong and brave he is. Mason cannot wait to go into the maintenance phase of treatment so that he can finally begin kindergarten!
JULY UPDATE: Mason was able to return to school in March and finish his kindergarten year with his new friends. He is currently doing well in his maintenance phase. This summer, he is enjoying taking swim lessons and hopes to join our local kids swim team this fall.