Saturday night I got a terrible phone call from a friend who had heard that our mutual friend's little boy (5 years old) was at Primary Children's Hospital and had just been diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL). Lame. You immediately ask - why? How does a healthy little guy get this? But, we asked the same thing with Kenyon. It is so dumb! But, how grateful we are that there is such medicine and treatment out there that will get Jake and Kenyon into remission (eventually). It is going to be a yucky road for Jake and his parents but the prognosis is so good. And our friends are amazing people who are tough and can be strong through it all. You can check their blog for updates on their son. (Jake's mom is my friend that always takes our family pictures and she is incredible).
Yesterday Kenyon and I finally went to Huntsman Cancer Institute. We hadn't been there because when he was admitted to the hospital (St. Marks) we just took the dr. that was on call. He is a good, qualified doctor but more of a general oncologist rather than specialized in leukemia.
Hooray for Huntsman!
We had heard lots of great things and I finally tracked down a doctor that had more specialities in blood cancers/disease. He was great. It was a LONG appointment, though. Kenyon got there at 8 am and didn't get out of there until 2:30. I stayed with him until 11 when the kids were all needing me back at home.
Dr. Shami told us things we hadn't ever been told and he was very thorough. He took Kenyon into a bone marrow biopsy and should have results for us next week when we go back (that is much faster than our previous doctor). It wasn't all good news but he seems to have a plan and on top of what needs to be done. So we are switiching over to Huntsman.
I was talking to a friend the other day - are we just getting older or are more and more people we know having these health trials? I think it is a combination but it is pretty crazy how often we hear about people we know who are struggling with health issues.