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.
We appreciate your time and support!! Donating your blood is so important and something you have no idea how precious and valuable it is until you or someone you love life depends on it.
This morning Bella and Emma joined their brother Batman for his exam and IV Vincristine Chemo appointment at UNMH.
I’m not going to lie, this was a stressful morning. Mr. Liam was not in the mood to be bothered or poked, talked to or messed with. And you know what? Who the heck can blame him?? I sat here debating back and forth about how I can make this post sound cheerful and happy when in all honesty our morning was kinda crummy. We all have bad days where we just don’t feel like putting on a happy face and today was that day for our superhero and I think he’s initialed. So why lie!?
What I will tell you about is all the wonderful moments of sweetness that hold days like these together.
Our incredible Child Life Staff, Jen. Yup, I called you out!! When Liam was fighting two nurses and Josh and I off because he didn’t want to be poked, she came out of nowhere with his favorite book in hand to help distract him and help calm him down. Worked like a charm! ❤️
Liam’s buddy Ralph who Liam looked for after his appointment was over with tears in his eyes. Ralph came over to him and got down to Liam and gave him a hug and Liam said to him “I love my Ralph”.
Our beautiful girls who love coming to their brothers appointment because they like being apart of it all and they also love getting spoiled. ☺️
Liam’s amazing Daddy who does everything but stand on his head to make Liam happy during his appointments. I can’t begin to tell you how lucky we are to have our Josh. He gets up early with us and doesn’t miss an appointment and when we are finished he turns right back around and heads off to work whether he is physically or emotionally tired. He doesn’t stop.
Our Batman, who by the way, loved getting to show off his costume to all his favorite people starts Day 29, Cycle 4 of Maintenance as of today. We are so grateful Liam has had no major upset in his treatment since the beginning of the year. We are still working on managing a rash on his face that has moved a little to his back due to his oral chemo medication as well as some ongoing sleeping issues. We are praying this winter season is easy on our Liam, last year was rough.
I know this morning was a little tough but I’m grateful for so many that love our little man and work hard to make this process easier for him. ❤️
The event was held at Erin’s Place. This place is so beautifully and well thought out and planned for and to benefit families with medical needs and pediatric hospice care to serve them as a home away from home. ❤️ It has everything you could ever think of. The love and thought that was poured into creating it is felt the moment you enter the gorgeous courtyard.
Once again, as we were asked to come and help an event or a worthy cause we found our spirits being lifted and souls being recharged. To be around families that understand our journey and share our struggles and rejoice in our victories was something special. I for the first time heard myself say, “us too” or “that happened to our son”. To watch our kids play together and be “normal” and have our older kids play with siblings who understood what it was like to be them was priceless. We are apart of a world that sometimes can feel so small and so so isolating so to gather around others that “get it” and can still keep living and still keep giving back is empowering.
We never chose this world, but we can choose how it will change us.
Please google Erin’s Place and learn about the amazing Trujeque Family and how you can help. I pray you never have to use their services, with my hands raised to God I pray you or someone you love will never have to walk in my son’s footsteps, however aren’t you thankful a place like this was created? Aren’t you thankful for the incredible foundation like CCFNM?? I know we are!
We had a fun time together and Liam loved getting to see the balloon up close and look inside. HP and their employees truly gave from their hearts with all the toys they donated. The table could barely hold them all. It was incredibly heartwarming to experience. ❤️