Hello. A quick update. The treatment continues. We are now in the induction phase which, on top of the weekly hospital visits, will include some mandatory hospital stays for about 16 days in 4 different times.
Malyka is still handling this chapter of her life with a lot of courage and bravery. Despite being a trooper, there are some good days and some bad days.
Thank you for continuing to keep us and many other families affected by this illness, in your prayers.
The causes of Leukemia and other forms of childhood cancer are not entirely known. Notes from the Children's Oncology Group:
"Many parents fear that something they did or did not do caused their child's cancer to develop. As far as we know, nothing that you or your child did caused or could have prevented the cancer. We know that cancer is not contagious. You cannot catch cancer from another person."
Some information, from the Children's Oncology group, around the type of Leukemia "“ cancer of the blood, that Malyka is suffering from.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a "liquid" tumor or cancer of the blood that starts in the bone marrow and spreads to the bloodstream (the term leukemia comes from Greek words for white and blood). ALL is the most common children's cancer, accounting for 35% of all cancers in children. There are about 2,900 new cases of ALL diagnosed in children and adolescents (0-21 years old) in the United States each year.
Symptoms: It is the decrease in normal cells that produces many of the symptoms of ALL
"¢ Fatigue and being pale results from a decreased number of red blood cells, known as anemia
"¢ Fever due to the disease itself or from infection because there are a decreased number of healthy white blood cells, known as neutropenia
"¢ Bruising or bleeding from decreased platelets, known as thrombocytopenia
"¢ Bone pain, sometimes associated with swelling of the joints
The signs and symptoms of ALL can be the same as more common children's illnesses and many children are treated for those other illnesses before leukemia is diagnosed. Most children with ALL have symptoms for a few weeks to several months before a diagnosis of cancer is made.
A message from Edmond and Shelly Bollo: On May 29th 2013 our world was turned upside down when our precious daughter was diagnosed with ALL-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Our little princess is a cute, curly haired, bubbly, two and a half year old who loves to sing, dance, and eat. So many of our friends and family have asked us how they can help us during this time, in addition to keeping us in their thoughts and prayers. We have finally decided to open this page to those who want to help our family alleviate the burden of the medical expenses incurred throughout the treatment. This was not an easy decision, no one ever wants to have to be in this position. However, we know that God has orchestrated this from the beginning, and with his help we will beat this thing. Please give as you feel and thank you in advance for your support in Malyka's complete recovery. God Bless, the Bollo's.
"He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart" (Isaiah 40:11)
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