Hello, Team Paige! The family would like to thank those who have supported their journey so far. It has helped more than they could ever begin to explain. The money raised thus far has covered numerous medical costs related to Paige's treatment. The new year brings new deductibles and new expenses--would you please consider helping? Any amount makes a difference! Thank you!!
January 2015. This month we reached the ONE-YEAR mark of Paige's leukemia diagnosis. What a difference a year makes. We have watched our daughter fight to breathe, fight to get up off the couch when she was too weak to stand. We have seen a giant mass on her chest shrink to nothingness. This girl has gone through lumbar punctures, chemotherapy treatments, transfusions, and a host of other procedures too numerous to count, yet still she smiles. Still she fights. Still she heals.
We're even attempting a return to school this month! In an attempt to build up her stamina, we're starting with half-days....being healthy enough to be in school for any amount of time is a giant miracle! We can't even begin to describe how thankful we are!!
Thank you, Team Paige supporters! Your kindness and generosity have helped with the many expenses we have encountered along this journey. We appreciate your past, present, and future support as we continue on this road to Paige's healing!!
December 2014. It has been a very long 10 months, but Paige finally hit the maintenance phase of treatment a few weeks ago. Most of her chemo will be in the form of pills she will take at home--but she will still go to clinic for a short chemo infusion every month and a spinal tap every 3 months.
She is currently receiving cranial radiation--she'll get a total of 8 treatments--as a preventive measure to keep disease far away from her brain. Even with everything Paige has been through, it's hard to wrap your head around sending a 14-year-old girl into a room for this treatment.
Just like she has done all along, Paige continues to amaze us with her faith, strength, and courage on this journey. This girl is something else!
August 2014. We are now almost eight months in on this journey that is far from over. Paige is in remission--her body shows no sign of cancer cells in her bone marrow, and the mass on her chest is no more. Praise the Lord! She is still receiving intense IV chemotherapy treatments and is looking forward to a few months down the road, when she will enter the maintenance phase and return to school as she continues about two years of less intense treatment.
My daughter is an inspiration to everyone she encounters along the way. Blood transfusions, sickness from chemo, losing her hair, unplanned hospital stays, and even a fractured leg haven't kept her down. She exhibits strength and maturity well beyond her now 14 years and shares what God has done in her life with anyone who will listen.
God is bigger than any disease, any fear, and any struggles we may face. He continues to work in our lives and is giving Paige an amazing testimony in the process. Everything will come together for good, and He will receive all the glory!
After an MRI to rule out lingering issues from May's neurotoxicity reaction as well as routine echocardiogram and EKG tests, Paige has now begun the next phase in treatment. It is called Delayed Intensification, and as the name suggests, it’s 8 weeks of intense chemo similar to the first two months. She will receive multiple chemo drugs each week—these will more than likely hit her hemoglobin and platelet counts and call for subsequent transfusions. We ask for continued prayers that her body will tolerate the medications with no major effects or reactions through all of this.
Paige is really looking forward to the maintenance phase (should be late fall), which will include oral meds that won’t tank her immune system and actually allow her to return to school. :) We will keep you updated as we move forward.
It’s hard to believe we are almost 6 months in on this journey. Paige continues to exhibit strength and courage that inspires us all. It should come as no surprise she’s got some major fans in her doctors and nurses as well. :) God continues to build such an amazing testimony for her and our whole family, for that matter!
Thank you so much to Ruth's Boston Marathon supporters! Paige was so excited to be included--Ruth made the whole experience really special for her!
We are now 4 months in on this journey--yes, 4 months! It's incredible to see how far Paige has come! She is currently in remission and has about 4 more months of intense chemotherapy and 10 days of radiation after that before going into the maintenance phase. Maintenance will have Paige taking meds that will be easier on her immune system, allowing her to return to school with her friends. That's the goal right now!
Paige continues to be an inspiration to everyone she meets. Between procedures, chemotherapy, hospitalizations, and scary reactions to treatments, she exhibits strength, courage, and maturity well beyond her 13 years. She's even embraced her new look, saying she rocks the bald thing!
Thank you so much for supporting Paige on this journey! We take one day at a time, giving God all the glory for the hope and peace He gives us with each new day! http://prayforpaige.blogspot.com
Paige has now completed the first two phases of treatment--hooray! We hit a bump in the road last week when she had to be hospitalized for a fever as well as almost no capability of fighting infection. Eight days later, we made it home. She is resting and recovering, and we are praying counts are back where they need to be when we head to clinic this week.
We should be starting the next phase of treatment this week, which will include some planned hospitalizations for high dose medications. Please continue to keep our girl in your prayers!
*Shortly after Paige's diagnosis, Paige's mom connected with a fellow teacher in her district. This sweet lady, Ruth, participated in the 2013 Boston Marathon--she experienced the thrill of the run as well as the traumatic events that followed.
On Monday, April 21st, she will be joining 33,000 others in completing the 118th Boston Marathon. This year, Ruth will be running with the spirit of our very own Paige! Like many others, Ruth is inspired by Paige's amazing strength and outlook--and she has said she hopes to compete with the same incredible courage. Our family is very honored Paige will get to "run with Ruth" at the marathon--though it's in spirit, the excitement is contagious! :)
Ruth is asking people to consider sponsoring her race by donating to assist with the financial challenges our family faces during this battle against leukemia. **If you are donating as a race sponsor, please note that in the appropriate section. :)
*A little about Paige: She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, an accomplished bowler, and has participated in unified Special Olympics events with her cousin. She recently received a Scholastic Gold Key Award recognizing outstanding accomplishments in writing and has been giving serious thought into becoming an oncology nurse! Paige is a pretty amazing young lady, and we are standing firm in the faith that God will restore her health. He is already giving her an incredible testimony to share!
We just hit the two-month mark of Paige's diagnosis. Wow--how your world can change in the blink of an eye! Our family is so very thankful for the continued prayers and wonderful support system we have. It means more than we can put into words!
Paige continues to tolerate procedures and treatments pretty well. She has recently experienced more nausea and loss of appetite, but we are working with her doctors to remedy this. :) We are praying her next bone marrow check shows the cancer cells are gone--which will allow her to continue treatments as planned.
Thank you to everyone who has made donations. We appreciate your kindness and generosity!
It's now been just over a month since Paige's diagnosis. We continue to be amazed at the outpouring of support!
She has entered the next phase of treatment, which calls for intense chemotherapy over a period of 8-9 weeks. This calls for multiple medications to be administered at the hospital and at home. So far, Paige has tolerated the meds well. She also received her first blood transfusion this week and did well with that too. Our prayer is that she continues to tolerate the treatments and remains healthy enough to be at home in between weekly clinic visits.
Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. Every dollar goes toward Paige's care--gas, parking, medications, clinic visits, and treatments. We are so appreciative of this outpouring of support for our girl!
To my FB friends and family: Although most of you don't know this family, I am reaching out to you to help my friends. They have a long journey ahead of them and can use the help and kindness of others. Those of you that do know them, I ask that you help out our friend in need. Please help with whatever you can. There is no amount too small.
Today marks 2 weeks since our lives changed forever. The prayer, support, and encouragement is mind-blowing!!
Paige was healthy enough to spend the whole week at home--BIG PRAISE there! We returned to Texas Children's today for another round of blood work, bone marrow aspiration, spinal tap, and chemotherapy. Everything went smoothly, and our girl is resting comfortably at home again tonight!
The prayer is for her to remain healthy enough for another week at home before returning next Friday for chemo treatment #4.
Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. Every dollar donated goes toward Paige's care--gas, parking, medications, clinic visits, treatments"¦the list goes on and on. We continue to be in awe at the great works going on all around us as Paige's story is written!
We are so very appreciative of the generosity shown thus far! You are all going to be a part of Paige's amazing testimony at the end of this journey! Thank you, thank you, thank you! God bless you all!
Please help with anything you can. Paige LeJeune was taken to the emergency room with what was thought to be complications from pneumonia. An initial diagnosis of Lymphoma was changed to T-Cell Leukemia. Her treatment will take at least 2 1/2 years, including chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and a lifetime of maintenance after. Please help her family by giving them one less thing to worry about. Anything you can give will help a great deal.
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