On Dec 20, 2014 we had his 2nd bday party! He ran around happy and excited! Everything changed around midnight when he woke up screaming, nothing calmed him down! I felt sure he must have some growing pains or maybe even flu because by 12:00pm on Sunday Dec 21 his fever was up to 102.3. We were able to see a pediatrician that afternoon and she felt it was just a virus and sent us home with alternating Motrin and Tylenol. By 6:00pm he hurt for anyone to even pick him up and was unable to walk because of pain! I knew there had to be something wrong this just wasn't right for him to be in so much pain! We ended up in Augusta Health ER by 10:00pm and thankfully the Dr did a blood test that indicated Brayden's platelets were extremely low and had almost no red blood cells! He said we needed to be transferred to UVA! We were taken by transport to UVA's ER and our world fell apart. We were told Brayden most likely had a form of childhood leukemia but would need other tests to find out exactly what he had. Brayden had to have a bone marrow biopsy that came back on Christmas EVE that our baby boy had AML with subtype M7. To say we were devastated would be an understatement! We are now in the biggest fight of our lives to save our baby boy! We had blinked and our wild man was running around just fine to being on all kinds of pain meds and unable to get out of bed! On Christmas Day our brave Brady had his first spinal tap and injected with Chemo. Currently we are expecting him to have 5 rounds of chemo total, which involves 10 days of Chemo drugs and 18 days of recovery. This time will be spent in the hospital because his immune system will be completely gone. We may get to go home a few days before beginning the next round to see his two big sisters Kaylee,7, and Maddie,5, who are missing us as much as we miss them! We tell Brayden constantly how strong he is and he says "Brady Strong!" He is the strongest, bravest most resilient boy I have ever met and we are so proud to be his parents! If only we could all be "Brady Strong!"
We now have to go to UNC bc our insurance won't cover Duke (bc nothing is easy) so we go to Duke on Monday afternoon, appt on Tuesday and be back to UVA by 10:30 Wednesday for Round 4 of chemo. At this point we just want to get this process going so as crazy as it sounds I'll be glad when chemo starts again. #BradyStrong"
Thinking of you all and sending prayers for strength and support. As you're crying, so am I. Stay encouraged! Your sweet baby boy will continue to live on in our memories. Thank you so much for sharing his life with us...hugs.
$50 to St.Jude in Memory of Brady Dear Kendrick Kier , Facebook Friend sent you an ecard from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memory of: Brady Kier View this card at http://shop.stjude.org/GiftCatalog/view-tributecard.do?cardtype=ecard&oID=3871636&opvID=4673377&tributeType=Memorial&cID=6402211.
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