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.
I don’t allow these thoughts to hang around in my head and heart for too long before I take them and either by God’s strength alone, pray them over and release them or shove them down deep. This world we live in, the world of cancer is overwhelming and exhausting and full of fear at times. With all our incredible blessings and wonderful doors that God has lead us through it is still what it is. Cancer in our precious 4 year old son. I hate cancer and yet cancer is nothing I can grab a hold of and scream at or punch and kick for messing with my baby or our family.
Our beautiful, handsome boy is doing well. From what we know and what we have in front of us, he is good. Liams ER visit last week was a head scratcher. Not a lot of answers came from it but thankfully nothing else has happened since. He has come down with a little cold that we are keeping an eye on. His lab results from today are still elevated so we are waiting to hear back from his oncologist to see if we need to make any changes to his medications.
It is never, for a moment or a second, lost on us, even in Liam’s diagnosis and my weakness how incredibly blessed we are and have been throughout this journey. There are just those moments when my little man is not wanting to put on his superhero cape and just wants to cuddle, that as a mom I wish I could say “Ok son, you don’t have to today”.
Yesterday Liam gave us quite the scare. After a day of normal behavior and nothing alarming, Liam all of a sudden became really sick.
We spent most of the evening at UNMH ER where they ran a bunch of blood work, ran a urine test, did a finger poke to test his sugars, did an abdominal X-ray, and gave Liam IV fluids and Zofran for vomiting.
All of Liam’s tests came back looking good. Nothing alarming showed up and the X-ray came back with no signs of what they were checking for (blockage or complications due to his steroid medication)
The ER Doctor wasn’t comfortable calling what Liam was experiencing a “stomach bug” but he said he was comfortable ruling out anything major that it could be so with that we were safe to take Liam home.
Thankfully Liam slept through what was left of the night with no more vomiting or any other issues. Liam’s oncology team called this morning and together we went over his lab results. Liam’s white blood cells and ANC’s are elevated which indicates an infection or that something is going on (which hopefully is just a stomach bug) but at this point all the test have shown nothing. So at this point we just keep a close eye on him and return to the hospital if symptoms get worse and pray that they don’t and spend the day cuddling and count the minutes until our girls and daddy get home.
Thank you all as always for not hesitating to offer your prayers and well wishes over our Liam and family. You are definitely part of our army. We appreciate being able to call upon you. ❤️
We are always so grateful for how God continues to go before us. With Liam’s Oncologist being the Doctor on call last night and walking us through everything to the amazing UNM ER staff that was so attentive and compassionate and explained everything. How they made sure the bathroom was cleaned down before Liam stepped foot in it, to getting us home and out the the ER as soon as possible so Liam didn’t catch anything else and many other things they did. Times like these when our Liam is at his worst and feeling crummy and we are separated as a family, we are always grateful for what seems like small things to others, makes all the difference to us. Always count those blessings.
Prayers over our little warrior. He is so incredibly strong. These are the times our hearts as parents are tugged on the most. Prayers for our sweet girls who had tears in their eyes as we dropped them off at Grandmas and Grandpas tonight, they are stronger then I could ever be.
I just got a call with Liam’s lab results from yesterday. Liam’s ANC’s are on the low side. Liam has been staying steady over the last 6 months with an ANC range of 1,200-1,500 but yesterday’s numbers has him at 897. This could most likely be from his current cold however with them being low it always puts him at risk for added infections or sickness.
At this point there is nothing to worry about, chemo medications will continue as normal as well as keeping an eye on Liam and his temp and behavior.
Please help us pray for protection over our little man as well as our family. This time of year always makes me nervous with all the nasty sicknesses spreading around and school starting back up next week. Thank you so much in advance. ❤️