Liam's Leukemia treatment
On Tuesday April 11th 2017, Josh and Becky heard the awful word that no parent ever wants to hear. Leukemia. Their 2 year old, happy and seemingly heathy son had Leukemia. Those are devastating and heartbreaking words for anyone to hear let alone a parent.
The words cancer of any kind brings about so many unknowns and questions. The next few days were a flurry of testing including a lumbar puncture and bone marrow biopsy.
Those first few days can best be described by Becky:
“How do I put into words or into a FB post all that my beautiful little family has been through in the last 4 days.
First I'll start off by saying from the very bottom of my heart and my husband's, we are beyond grateful for all the love and prayers that have been sent our way and to our beautiful son. They are more then appreciated and I beg of you to please continue praying for our Liam.
To our family and close friends, the love and constant support that you have shown us and how special and loved you have made our Liam feel during one of the darkest and scariest times in our lives. There are no words, no amount of repayment we could do to show our gratitude. With one simple phone call our world came crashing to the ground and each of you, piece by piece are slowly helping us hold it all together. You, along with God are what is holding us together. Our beautiful, handsome little man was diagnosed with B-Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) as of Wednesday. It has been a fast going roller coaster since then. Bone marrow biopsy, lumbar puncture, a port placed, two rounds of Chemo, a blood transfusion, and so much more. We are scared, we are absolutely devastated, nervous, overwhelmed, you name it we have and are feeling it. However, we are hopeful. We look at our little man and I can already tell you where I have seen God's hands in all of this heartache. Between our Pediatrician acting on her concerns, to our beautiful family and friends love and support, to our Liam's strength and fight. I am so incredibly heartbroken and scared for what is ahead of our son but I know, I believe in my God who loves and cares for us. Josh and I fell to our knees, literally fell to our knees in prayer after we got the phone call and that is were we will remain through this all. Please pray for our Liam, pray for his sisters who adore him and are trying to understand it all. Pray for his Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles and cousins and friends who love our boy. Pray for my husband who is my rock, my strength, pray for him as he watches his son fight. Pray for Gods will and our trusting in his plan. Please pray.”
Liam’s treatment will last for the next 3 and ½ years. The first months will be very aggressive and will require many stays at the hospital and then as time goes on his treatments will be farther apart but will still require hospital stays.
As we all know medical expenses add up very very quickly and there are many other additional expenses that go along with having a family member in and out of the hospital. And so we are asking that you would consider giving a generous donation to ease this incredible financial burden that they are about to be under and that you would share this page with all of your friends so that they may consider donating as well.
More than anything Josh, Becky and the entire family covet your prayers. We know that we serve a God who is able to do abundantly above and beyond all that we ask or think, and so we ask that you continually keep our sweet little Liam, along with his parents and sisters in your prayers.
Sincerely the Hansen and Ogden Families.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
On May 5th, the day before our fundraiser with Thunderbird-Harley Davidson, Mourice and his company held a fundraiser of their own to support Liam and our family. We had no idea! Their clients made donations and his staff as well as himself donated their earnings for that day. We were blown away when we found out.
It was an added bonus to our day and a nice surprise to see Mayor Hull and Keith Elder there waiting to meet Liam and our family as well.
I know we have said it before but never in a million years would we have ever expected the amount of pure love and support that our family has been shown. When a family gets a diagnosis like cancer, cancer in a child, your child. You find strength within you never knew you had. You wipe your tears, hold each other tight and keep moving forward, never giving up. But when you start to see people gathering around you, pulling up a chair, walking that long road without being asked, vowing to never give up, to fight as long as your son is fighting. Perfect strangers, life long friends, family members, neighbors. The overwhelming amount of love and strength that creates in you is life changing, soul changing.
I wish I could open our hearts up to you all so you could see the gratitude we have for each of you. Thank you from the bottoming of our hearts. When the days get dark and the reality of what we are walking and facing with our son gets hard, you and your blessings are what God points us back to. ❤️
Santi’s Barber Shop and Salon, thank you for blessing our family with your friendship and generosity. We look forward to that BBQ.
Mayor Hull, thank you for keeping your word when you said you wanted to meet our superhero. It was a pleasure getting to visit with you.
After some insisting and then gentle threats Ms. Straley finally agreed to a picture for me to share. I wanted to share this act of kindness and generosity for so many reasons. One of the big reasons is because we all know how very hard teachers work and it goes without saying that they aren’t paid what they are worth so for a teacher, my daughters teacher to pay for 33 books out of her own personal money for children so very deserving means so much to our family. We have been so blessed beyond anything we could have every asked for by the community we have at our girls school. They are like an extension of our family. They have encouraged us, been our strength, and so much more.
We have learned so much on this journey with our son and his battle with leukemia so far but I believe the biggest lesson that God has shown us and is teaching us is the beauty of peoples hearts and the way they choose to give and serve. It has taught us so much about love and the human spirit and humanity. We are not all the same. We are not all cookie cutter and that is so beautiful. It has taught me so much about showing up and serving others in need and being an encouragement and being God’s hands and feet. No excuses! We all have it in us to help each other. And the way you serve others may not look the same as the person next to you, who cares! Do what you know how to do, serve with the tools and strength God has given you. Pick up the phone, make a meal, write a note, donate blood, volunteer, get on your knees and pray, show up. I promise you it matters in the long run. Because your silence does too. I’m so grateful for who God is molding us into on this journey and the people that are walking with us.
A huge thank you to all who came out and supported our Liam and our family. We are so grateful for your generosity and the love you continue to show us. Thank you to everyone who brought a toy for the UNM Children's Cancer Hospital. Two huge bags full of toys were delivered to the hospital doors. They were very pleased!!
Josh and I are so blessed by those who came up to us and pulled us aside and told us their own personal stories with cancer, some of success and some of heartache. We are so thankful for the bond and community that we have formed with others, some who were strangers before today, but because of this journey we are connected for life. Those connections mean so much to us.
Truly, whether we made a $1 or a million, nothing can replace the feeling of having family and friends gathered around your son, daughters, and family and all coming together because they love us and are fighting right along side us. That's the feeling we went to bed with in our hearts.