Update 2/22 from his mother and father:
We want to thank each of you for placing Aidan and our family in your prayers and prayer lists. We felt your love and concern through messages, phone calls, emails and monetary contributions for our baby boy, Aidan.
This has been an emotional rollercoaster of events for all of us for the last 20 days. We entered OSF hospital with Aidan having extremely elevated liver enzymes and his liver functioning worsening daily and after hundreds of tests there was still no diagnosis. Each day, Aidan's body got a little weaker and even after all the blood drawn and tests - he not once complained. He explained to a doctor (after 18 days in the hospital) that the worst thing about being in the hospital was not seeing his friends at school and that his brothers couldn't come up to see him (Aidan and I haven't seen Myles and Q for nearly 3 weeks).
We were then transferred to Lurie's Children's hospital in Chicago on 2/12. After an ultrasound and a liver biopsy, he was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatitis - we were thankful for a diagnosis and prayers sent up that the steroids would heal his liver. No more than two days after this diagnosis, we were thrown a hard hit - they said they saw abnormal cells (typical of a blood cancer) on his biopsy and they wanted to do a CT scan and a bone marrow biopsy. We were given the newest diagnosis on 2/20 (a day that will forever change our lives) - Aidan was diagnosed with Leukemia.
Tj and I have never felt so hopeless or so lost. Questions of why and fear fill our minds and hearts, but we know we have to be strong for Aidan. So we suit up with an inner strength we've never before even knew existed and we help Aidan bathe, use the restroom, walk down the hall, get dressed and feed him. Meanwhile, his liver is getting better and now we face this new challenge - cancer. It sucks!!!
No child should have to fight this evil disease.
Today we told Aidan his diagnosis - filled with anxiety on how he'd handle it. But, together, TJ and I explained to Aidan that he had a cancer called Leukemia in his blood that attacked his liver and we would very soon start attacking and treating his cancer. We feared his reaction and his smart 7 year old mind wrapping around this concept. The first thing he asked, "Will I lose my hair?" We have been honest in all of this and told him yes, but that we bet there will be others who will shave their hair with him in support.
He is also concerned he won't be the fastest kid anymore and the captain of the "Speed Demons" - but I told him he's gonna bounce back and still kick everyone's butt. He may have a smile that lights up any room and a huge heart that loves and that's loved by so many - but he's the strongest and toughest kid I know.
He doesn't know what the next couple of months or years will entail - but I have no doubt Aidan will dominate in true Aidan fashion.
We are sharing this very personal event in our life with you all not to hear "we are sorry" or feel pity on Aidan - rather we want to inform all of you who have reached out to us, prayed and continue to pray for Aidan and our family. We need these prayers to continue on through Aidan's fight!
When you see Aidan next, he's still A, A-Boogie, Ace - cancer does not define him. SMSBSA
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- Keith and Katie Montone
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